This pair of Japanese vintage Seto-yaki pair of porcelain high shoulder tokkuri or sake bottle were most likely made between the turn of the century and 1940's. They have a high foot indented bottom and medium heavy weight like old Imari, and they are unmarked which was required after the 1920's. They most resemble a recent find of Seto yaki that belonged to someone else from the Suiho Gama. Suiho gama is known for their blue and white Seto ware and the one we saw had a low relief flower made in the exact same manner. We will continue to work on finding that information but most likely are Suiho kiln Seto ware. The also remind me of contemporary Nabeshima. The yokkuri style most reminds me of the Rosoku style as found in Robrt Yellin's article on eyakimono, and of interest an example given is an Edo Period Seto Sake bottle. It is possible with nthe tall foot this does date to the 19th century, we just do not know. They are high shoulder shaped like old milk bottles we used to see in the U.S., and the short slim neck with rounded wide cylindrical body. They are handmade and painted in underglaze blues and overglaze enameled. They are each decorated with low relief gourds in blue and white, with a rendition of brown rope, one with a a pink and white flower. They have a single blue ring around the top and a double blue ring around the bottom, as mentioned with a tall inside foot. They were a purchase from the U.K. They are in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and would make a great pair of couple's sake bottles or tokkuri, or even a great pair of vases. They are very pretty.
SIZE: Height 5 1/8 in. or 13.01 cm, Diameter at widest 2 1/2 in. or 6.35 cm
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