This vintage Kutani porcelain tea pot set is considered one of higher quality and also with social status implications Japan. It is made in the "style called "ダマシン山水, Damashin-Sansui.". It is made by and signed "陶光 Touko". although I do not know yet if this is the artist or kiln. It is indeed a fine and as I am finding a somewhat rare style compared to others. It is very unusual compared to most porcelains and Kutani, in that the black is a matted style and not glazed. Fine Kutani porcelain is covered in black and painted in gold. "黒に金の山水画" or "Landscape painting of gold on black" is what it is most commonly referred to as in Japan. Decorated in gold with the scenery of Japan, mountains and temples are painted on gold on all the pieces, adding to its classiness.
There are many more pictures but is impossible to show them all here. I believe it is made after a very old style of Kutani, per my search on some Japanese sites in general. Correction to the age is early to mid-Showa (1920s-1950s), while this style was also made during the turn of the 19th- 20th-century Meiji period. Damashin was/ is also made in Nagoya, although not as Kutani. This style tea set is made specifically for sencha tea, which is the most popular tea in Japan. The set comes with the pot, the yusamashi which is the odd shaped pouring vessel used to cool the water first, and five cups.. All the pieces are in very good condition with no chips or cracks, and some minor surface wear. There is some surface wear for its age of about years to be expected but still very beautiful. We are happy to email all the pictures should you like to see them. It is signed with the Kutani and the kiln name, which I cannot put my hands on at the moment but will come back and add. All the pieces are signed 九谷陶光 "Kutani Touko". All the pieces are clean and white on the inside. The inside of the teapot parts and the gold spout look near new. This would make a wonderful gift or to enjoy your own tea.
SIZE: Pot: Width 4.5" or 11.43 cms, Length 3.7" or 9.39 cms, Height 2.8" or 7.11 cms
The yusamashi is just a little smaller than the pots, and the cups just a little smaller than the yusamashi; please compare using the pictures. Coming or please inquire: More history and info on Damashin-Sansui Style Gold on Black
Kutani, which means Nine Valleys, is an area near Kanazawa City where ceramics were first produced in the mid 17th Century. Kutani is the pottery of Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan. Please see more information along with the following at website Kutani-Imus or the Kutani Art Museum (there is a page specifically in English written by the founders of the museum).:
Kutani Porcelain has been brought up in the long history in Kaga district (Ishikawa Prefecture) of Japan. Many kilns of Kutani Porcelain such as Ko Kutani, the Yoshidaya kiln, the Miyamotoya kiln established the traditional styles originally.
Ko Kutani(Old Kutani) were made in Kutani Village within the territory of Daishoji clan (a branch of Kaga clan) and after that many kilns of Kutani Porcelain such as the Yoshidaya kiln, the Miyamotoya kiln, the Kutani Mastuyama kiln etc were produced. The basic traditional styles of Kutani Porcelain were created throughout the kilns and, the techniques have been inherited by many artists of this area at the present. In addition, a lot of Ko Kutani and others live on here. It is extremely significant that "the specialty art museum" featuring Kutani Porcelain is established in this area.
For a more in-depth history and study of Kutani, see the link in our "Favorites" links on our Homepage to the "Kutani Ceramic Website" by Georges Bouvier; as well as the Kutani museums in Japan.
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