This Japanese Oribe Ware Pottery Bowl 織部焼 is the second of its type we have been fortunate to get into our inventory. Oribe is a wonderful Japanese pottery, see more below. This piece has a very unique shape. As always, it is handmade and hand painted under the glaze. Each side has its own unique painting, the designs on the side are alternating and similar bilaterally. Most often, this type ware and style is made for placing tea biscuits in at the tea ceremony. We just love this shape but are not positive about the name. It is a nice piece of Oribe pottery. It is very well made by hand, finely shaped. It has a lovely lid with an elegant handle, and three classy feet or kodai. It has a nice combination of the traditional Oribe decoration, greens and browns around the tall side, with a combined circular and criss cross design on the inside. It is inscribed by the potter on the bottom and we will need to try to pick up the mark a little better and get some help with it. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips at about 20-30 years old according to the Japanese dealer. It is a very heavy piece. It may have some aged related surface wear, please see the pictures, and we have more we are happy to share.
SIZE: Width: 7.44" or 18.89 cm by 6.53" or 16.85cms. Height: 4.43" or 11.25 cms Weight: 1186 grams or 2.61 pounds
Oribe ware called Oribe-yaki written 織部焼 Oribe-yaki
Oribe ware or most often called 織部焼 Oribe-yaki, is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable for its use of green copper glaze and bold painted design. It was the first use of colored stoneware glaze by Japanese potters. It is one of the Mino styles originating in the late 16th century. It takes its name from tea master Furuta Oribe (1544–1615). Oribe is a style of pottery with much variation. There is a great variety in the type of ware as well as the surface treatment. Like many types of Japanese pottery, bowls and dishes are common. Oribe wares also include lidded jars and handled food containers.
The clay body typically has a low-iron content and is formed by hand, on a potter's wheel, or by drape molding. The surface is painted and decorated with lively surface designs, which may be based on nature, geometric patterns, or a combination of the two. White slip and clear glaze are also used. For the brilliant green color, wares are fired using oxidation at 1220 degrees Celsius. If these conditions are not met, the glaze may be brown or red.
The late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries or the Momoyama and early Edo, were one of the great periods of Japanese ceramic production in Seto and the neighboring Mino region. It was the period when individual artisans began to explore their craft most creatively, pushed on by the demands of the tea ceremony and the aesthetics of the tea master Oribe. Many of the most famous Raku and Shino bowls were produced at that time, and even in those days they were hugely valuable. The Jesuit priest Louis Frois wrote that one tea bowl equaled the price of the most precious jewels in Europe. As a result, seto mono is as common a term for ceramics in Japan as china is in England.
Excerpts from Wikipedia
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