A Japanese antique Awaji or Minpei Pottetry in blue cobalt glazed vase signed with the makers name. It was made sometime during the Meiji period between 1868 and 1921. It has an elegant shape, although the name may not translate much to elegance, as a squat vase! It is a high-class quality piece in Japan. The cobalt blue still bright, thick and colorful on this fine handmade piece. It is in excellent condition, no cracks, chips or repairs. The spots you see at the bottom are where glaze bubbles have popped- it happens. It is signed with the with Sanpei flag and stamped Japan, which most often occurred between 1890 and 1922. A fine and rare signed piece. Awaji pottery is very unusual compared to others and in how its made, see more below. Unfortunately the original mark appears to have been glaze over, so it may have been re-enameled, but still very beautiful.
SIZE: Height 5.5" or 14.5 cm, Diameter @ widest 3.93" or 10 cm
Awaji Pottery 淡路
Information from Jan - Erik Nilsson and his Gotheborg site, see the link to his site under our Favorite Links on our Home Page, see more at his site.
Awaji pottery has got its name after the Japanese island at which it was made during a period of about one hundred years, between 1830 and 1939. Most of the pieces we find are made from the mid-1870's when Awaji began to export its products, to the mid to late 1930's when the last of the kilns closed. Earlier wares cater to the Asian taste and could be found imitating Chinese monochromes from the Kangxi period and later, while from the turn of the century the shapes are more inspired with the western art movement such as Art Deco and Art Noveau. Awaji pottery is usually hand thrown. The body is made of high-fired, white or cream-colored clay that borders on stoneware and can vary from pink or buff to white to grey. The glazes are lead based and often brilliant in tone, typically are translucent and finely crackled. The lead gives the colors brilliance and makes the translucent enamels glassy and often iridescent. Most common are the Awaji monochromes such as grass green, yellow ranging from pale lemon to deep amber, cobalt blue, aubergine, light green, blue, light and dark turquoise, mirror-black, and burgundy. Other wares can feature two-tone or three-color glazes similar to Chinese sancai, many pieces with incised decoration most commonly featuring irises, and applied relief decoration.
Awaji pottery is usually hand thrown where smaller earlier pieces and application ornaments appear to have been press molded. The body is made of high-fired, white or cream-colored clay that borders on stoneware and can vary from pink or buff to white to gray. The glazes are lead based and often brilliant in tone, typically are translucent and finely crackled. The lead gives the colors brilliance and makes the translucent enamels glassy and often iridescent.
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