This Japanese Vintage Mushiake 虫明 Pottery set of four sencha tea cups is currently unknown in age and artist, and a rare find. It is a new maker to our growing list of makers and collections. Mushiake is made in Okayama. We are selling this as a set of four cups, the fifth has been damaged and repaired, They are handmade and formed, hand painted small tea cups called yunomi. They are painted in lovely blend of colors darker at the top becoming ligher towards the bottom in a blend of light brown to light yellow and cream colors they are painted with the design of blue-green grass. The potters mark or initials are to the right of the painted grass. They are very similar to Mingie style folk art pottery. The dealer did say the box was a tomobako meaning the kiln and/ or potter name is on the box so we will be using the new found kiln website and work on updating this information. In our opinion they are early to mid-20th century age or maybe older. The tomobako is the box made especially for the set. They are signed with Mushiake name and mark and the name of the potter, who we are working on finding more about. There is one kiln in Okayama that makes Mushiake , for which we are adding the link to their webpage in our "Favorites" link on our homepage, It is full of information, so we are hoping this site will be useful to filling in the "people" gaps in our information, The four cups and box are in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. SInce they are vintage we may have overlooked something- please use the pictures as part of the condition description.
SIZE: Diameter 1.96" or 5 cm, Height 1.57" or 4 cm
Mushiake 虫明 Pottery
In reviewing the history we have found that there are various views in Japanese history about the origin of Mushiake-yaki, which is still much unknown. Mushiake dates back about 300 years. The main production site is now Okayama. The Mushiake district was a feud of the Iki family. The patriarch of the family was the head of Chief Retainers in Okayama Province with 33,000 kokuapproximately one thousand inhabitants. And Mushiake-Yaki began as Oniwayaki which was a habit of feudal lords where they invited potters to their land and had them create potteries to their preference. At the time of Iki Tadasumi the 14th also known as Sanensai, who was a great master of the tea ceremony, he invited skillful potters in Kyoto such as Seifu Yohei, Raku Chozo and Miyagawa Kouzan and supervised the style of Mushiake-Yaki. This is why the style was transformed to a delicate style with Kyoto flavor like Awata-Yaki . Master Iki Sanensai was exactly the restorer of Mushiake-Yaki and Mushiake-Yaki was created to be used for tea . More history and how they are made can be found at the website for the Japanese Traditional Crafts and Resource Center. About Oribe ware or Oribe yaki 織部焼
The above information and history came from the site for Japanese Traditional Crafts and Resource Center and as mentioned above,
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