This is a colorful Japanese vintage Awaji Pottery vase or 'kabin' as it is called in Japanese. This Awaji vase seems by style to have been made during the latter part of the time Awaji was made, between the 1920s and 1930s, or early Showa period. According to Thomas Libby on his site, 'Most of the pieces that we see here in the West were made sometime between the mid-1870's when Awaji began exporting pottery, and the mid to late 1930's when the last of the kilns closed.' The vase is quite interesting with the wide rounded handles, the long neck, and squat bottom is a very interesting design. It is a very beautiful vibrant color green, with little yellow and white flowers in relief, as mentioned in the various styles of Awaji. See Thomas Libby's site called 'tlibby' and the page I am reviewing 'An Introduction to Awaji Pottery'. I will try adding a link to it in our 'Favorites' links. This vase is in excellent condition with no chips or damage cracks. It has a kiln crack as one can tell in the picture which was created at the time of firing. This is not considered a problem in design or damage, and the wonderful vase does not leak.
SIZE: Height 8 inches or 2032 cm, and I do need to confirm weight so it is estimated if over we refund if under we pay the difference.
Awaji Pottery 淡路
Information from Jan - Erik Nilsson and his Gotheborg site, see the link to his site under our Favorite Links on our Home Page, see more at his site.
Awaji pottery has got its name after the Japanese island at which it was made during a period of about one hundred years, between 1830 and 1939. Most of the pieces we find are made from the mid-1870's when Awaji began to export its products, to the mid to late 1930's when the last of the kilns closed. Earlier wares cater to the Asian taste and could be found imitating Chinese monochromes from the Kangxi period and later, while from the turn of the century the shapes are more inspired with the western art movement such as Art Deco and Art Noveau. Awaji pottery is usually hand thrown. The body is made of high-fired, white or cream-colored clay that borders on stoneware and can vary from pink or buff to white to grey. The glazes are lead based and often brilliant in tone, typically are translucent and finely crackled. The lead gives the colors brilliance and makes the translucent enamels glassy and often iridescent. Most common are the Awaji monochromes such as grass green, yellow ranging from pale lemon to deep amber, cobalt blue, aubergine, light green, blue, light and dark turquoise, mirror-black, and burgundy. Other wares can feature two-tone or three-color glazes similar to Chinese sancai, many pieces with incised decoration most commonly featuring irises, and applied relief decoration.
Awaji pottery is usually hand thrown where smaller earlier pieces and application ornaments appear to have been press molded. The body is made of high-fired, white or cream-colored clay that borders on stoneware and can vary from pink or buff to white to gray. The glazes are lead based and often brilliant in tone, typically are translucent and finely crackled. The lead gives the colors brilliance and makes the translucent enamels glassy and often iridescent.
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