This Japanese vintage Kyo-yaki or Kyoto ware pottery mizusashi is a cold water jar used for the tea ceremony. There are the types made to replenish the water for tea, and some are used to rinse utensils from the tea ceremony Mizusashi are made by just about all Japanese pottery and porcelain makers and come in all sizes, colors, materials and designs. Made in Kyoto, the entire piece was made by the artist on a potter's wheel. One can see the spin or turn marks on the bottom from the potter's wheel.
This mizusashi has a very nice shape and size. The decoration is somewhat similar to and reminds me a little of the designs on Chinese wares called Cizhou. The entire piece is painted in a very lovely dark chocolate brown, then the hand drawn, hand painted decorations in Japanese motif are reverse painted in a very pretty cream color. Boton or peony flowers and leaves are painted encircled around the center section, it is a very simplified version of the a- arabesque karakus-botan. It is bordered on the top and bottom, the bottom is the 'renben' or 'a link of lotus flower petals', and the top appears to be a very simplified version of 'sayagata' or a 'pattern constructed with continuous manji-symbol characters'. It has a good lid with a nice comfortable finial. It is signed, and the seller from Japan said most likely it is '大向郎' which is the artist name, Omukai Ichiro. Now that sounds familiar and this is a really finely made piece. but so far I cannot find anything on the internet including using google in Japan. We will update if we find anything further. This fine mizusashi is in excellent condition and is about 30 years old according to my very trusted seller in Japan. It is a very beautiful design and color.
SIZE: Height 7.1 inches or 18.0 cm, Diameter 5.5 inches or 14.0 cm.
Please excuse the length of the following but we believe it is important to understand the related background to truly appreciate your new Japanese pottery. I have checked the ;modern japanese pottery marks' blog of Marmie, and did not find a match. We will most likely need some assistance and unless a well-known, the last two characters may post a challenge!
Kyōto-shi 京都市 and Kyo-yaki 京焼き
Kyoto most often called Kyōto-shi 京都市, is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly the imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Heian-kyō, the Heian Period capital of Japan that has become the present-day city of Kyoto. As a result the making of Kyoto Ware most often called Kyo-yaki 京焼き, has spread out from the center of Kyoto to regions around Kyoto. It's population is one of many generations of families of potters including many notable and famous potters.
Kyoto has a history of 1,200 years. Before the Muromachi era, potters, from China and Korea, developed their own techniques and affected Japanese potters. Later, some of them moved to Kyoto, the center of Japanese culture, and founded their original styles of Kyoto ware. That is why Kyoto Ware has a wide range of ceramics with the expression of regional characteristics, such as Seto, Mino, Shigaraki, Ko-kutani, and Ko-imari. By the end of the Edo era, because of the influence of the Chinese paintings, there were some predominant artists in the Nanga Style Paintings, such as Taiga and Gyokudo who played important roles in the emergence of two tastes in Kyoto and Kiyomizu Ware. One taste is overglaze enamels on potter. The other is porcelain added Chinese features by Eisen. There are many shaping techniques: hand shaping, potter’s wheel, plaster mold method of embossing, and fluid technique.
The city of beautiful artwork is of many generations of families of potters with the skill of the potter being handed down through each generation. It is said Kyoto Ware is deep, for it shows the mixture of the diversified ceramic essence. Needless to say, Kyoto Ware is the pride of Japanese tradition.
Most have now switched from traditional climbing kilns for the firing,to electricity or gas. As a result and due to the many various glazing techniques brought to use by the newer generations of potters over the last 60 years or so, a new style of Kyoto Ware has emerged. Some of the most modern looks, new skills, and well-known potters art are currently known for their Kyo-Ware or Kyo-yaki for pieces during the second half of the 20th century for more modern pieces.
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