This wonderful Japanese Antique Seto Ware Porcelain Sake Cup Stand of Crane is about 130 years dating to the Meiji period of Japan which lasted from 1868-1912. A fine hand made porcelain sake stand, it is gorgeously hand painted in several colors which is unusual to have the opportunity to see these days. in fact, I only recall seeing the blue and whites or the potteries of the 19th century of Seto ware. The crane of peace is formed on each side all the way around. Please see our other crane items with history of the crane in Japan. It is painted in both underglaze and overglaze enamels of some beautiful colors. Someone has carved a mark in the bottom. it appears to be in the form of a cat or a tree. It may have been a potter, or the owner, as it is not a mark one has carved as a potter before it was finished in the kiln. A lovely and rare antique Seto ware sake cup holder in excellent condition.
SIZE : Width 2.8 inches or 7.11 cm, Length 2.8 inches or 7.11 cm, Height 2.4 inches or 6.09 cm
Seto ware is the pottery made in Seto city and nearby areas of modern Aichi prefecture. Located close to Nagoya is one of the Nihon Rokkoyo i.e. one of the six old kilns of medieval Japan. The history of this craft in Seto goes back 1300-years, the longest of any area in Japan.
The history of ceramics in Seto dates back to the Heian period 794-1185, with the creation of Akazu-yaki ware, a type of pottery where the clay could be glazed in a number of different ways before it was fired. Seto area was the center of pottery manufacture in the Kamakura period; Ko-seto old Seto designates pieces made at this time. At the end of the Muromachi period the center of the pottery manufacture moved to nearby Mino. At that time, wares made in the area from Seto to Mino were called Seto- yaki. In the early Edo period, some pottery manufacture moved back to Seto.
The location of Seto makes it ideal for the production of pottery and ceramics. The soil around the city contains good quality porcelain clay and silica used in making glass, and there are forests nearby to provide firewood for fuel. Japan's first ash-glazed pieces were also fired in Seto sometime in the 14th century.
Seto became recognized as one of the six Nihon Rokkoyo during the Kamakura period 1158-1333, and it stood out from the other areas as it as the only area to glaze its pottery. Some excerpts above are from and see more at the Gotheborgs website on Japanese porcelain, also see more recent articles on eyakimono website. The link to both can be found under our Favorites links on our Homepage.
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