This is a Kyoto Ware covered container called a Gousu of white quality and heavy but lovely porcelain. It is a fine piece. 古薮 Gǔ sǒu is the general term for a case with a lid, I think it it is used from the Chinese word.. A Gǔ sǒu is a little bigger than a kogo. It can be used for an accessories or jewelry case, a cosmetics box, or tea-things. It is a little bigger than a kogo but smaller than the usual kashiki. This Gǔ sǒu is made of very high-quality white porcelain and in a very unique fashion we have not seen before. Flowers are hand formed in relief under the clear glaze in white painted or glazed pottery first, so can be seen better at different angles..
The technique and carving of Hibiscus under the glaze is fabulous and with quality craftsmanship, it is a high-quality artistic piece. It is made by the famous Japanese potter Nobuyuki Sato b. 1951. He is a descendant of a family of well-known Kyoto potters, with Sato as the potter name and we do not know the family name. Usually the Master Potter who takes over the family kiln or shop will take the name when they take over the kiln or shop. Nobuki Sato has inscribed his name on the bottom, the kamajirushi is best seen in the second picture. It is about 30 years old. It comes with a tomobako, which is the original box made for this item which is signed by the potter and very important to the current and future value, and storage and care for the item.
This porcelain Gǔ sǒu is in excellent vintage condition with no cracks or chips and also comes with the original paperwork. The top fits into the groove of the bottom, one small turn and it is tightly closed This is a beautiful quality Gǔ sǒu in excellent piece with much potential and beauty.
SIZE : Diameter 4.4" or 11.17 cm, Height 2.8" or 7.11 cm. Weight 550 grams
The Potter, Satō nobuyuki b. 1951, 佐藤信之 or Nobuki Sato, Kyoto- in process
We believe it is possible we have had the translated name of the potter that the seller from Japan gave us spelled incorrectly, and this it may be Nobuyuki Sato who is also a famous Kyoto Ware or Kiyomizu-yaki descendent potter. On our pretty big list of items to update, which we continue working on until things are updated on the internet or someone comes along who knows....
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