Kinkōzan Sōbei VI (1824–1884)
Kinkōzan Sōbei VII (1867–1927)
Real name Koboyashi Sobei
Kinkozan is a ‘given’
name of family Kyoto Awataguchi potters with the name Koboyashi. The family was very active in pottery manufactury in Kyoto from 1645 up until 1927. In the 18th century the third Koboyashi was granted by the Shogun to bear the name Kinkozan. Note that
Kinkōzan Sōbei VI (1824–1884), was the sixth generation of a family with the name Kobyashim but that it was only after two generations that the Kinkozan name was granted to this family. That makes that Kinkozan VI also is known as Kinkozan IV,
and his son, the last Kinkozan as Kinkozan V.
Kinkozan Sobei VI and his son Kinkozan Sobei VII were responsible for the most productive years during Meiji and Taisho period from 1872 until 1927 when the factory was closed. The most important
production of the Kinkozan factory started in 1875, when Kinkozan VI started to export his ware, especially to America. After his fathers death in 1884 his son Kinkozan VII, who was only 16 years old at that time, took over the family business. It was
under management of Kinkōzan VII that the Kinkozan factory became one of the largest producers and exporters of Satsuma ware and some of it was of the highest quality possible. However, it also produced large quantities of low or average quality wares as well. Kinkozan
was not only a good businessman, but also an ambitious and openminded craftsman who tried to improve his ware by experimenting with all kind af new styles and techniques and eager to learn by inviting westerners as the German chemist Gottfried Wagener tot
cooperate with him. In 1896 he established with Shofu Kajo (1870-1928), the Kyoto City Ceramic Research Center to research and innovate new production techniques and set up a trainingschool where many students later became famous for their ceramic works.
For his quality work Kinkozan factory was working with the best artist in this time. Among them were Gassan, Fuzan, Ituzan, Kozan, Seizan, Sozan and many others. Sozan who worked for Kinkozan from 1900-1907 was maybe the best of them, he created true masterpeaces
for Kinkozan, but did the same for Yasuda and for his own studio what he started in 1907.
Note that Kinkozan VII was born in 1868, and took over the business in 1884. So all his work must be dated from 1884 or later and all the Kinkozan signed pieces
before must be from Kinkozan VI or ancestors. It’s assumable that the wide spreaded floral decorated work as shown before.
It is well known that the Kinkozan factory was closed in 1927, after the death of Kinkozan VII. All Kinkozan
signed works were therefore made no later as 1927.