A Japanese Kyo-yaki Pottery yuto 湯桶 is made for a tea ceremony, for hot water, or tea. The word yuto has many meanings in Japan. For the tea ceremony, it can refer to the pot in this shape- different than a mizusashi- with a handle and spout for either holding the hot water, or serving the tea. It is large, like a serving coffee pot. For those who do not participate in the tea ceremony or drink tea, it can be used for coffee. It is very simple, elegant beauty like Satsuma of underglaze cream color and overglaze lovely colored circles in old Japanese traditional design. This design most likely came from the kimono as many of them do. Yuko usually refers to a lacquered pot according to Jishio, so there may be some lacquering involved in the decorations.
The pot or yuko is inscribed by the potter on the bottom, please see the pictures. The mark looks familiar, but we do not yet know the potter or kiln's name. No doubt it came from a well-known family of potters to have this type mark. Update: thanks to Sue Lynn or Marmie, we now know the mark says '. Made by 覚人' which is probably read Kakujin or Kakunin. With that and the link she gave us from Japan, will see if we can find more.
It is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We have noticed smells from items recieved recently, again please let us know if you have any questions. This one has no smells, this is a well- known and honest, quality antiques dealer's piece. This piece is also relatively new made at about the end of the Showa period, and is about 20-30 years old.
SIZE: Width including spout and handle, 9.8 inches or 25cm, Diameter of pot, 5.9 inches or 15 cm : Height 6.3 inches or 16cm, Weight 35.98 oz or 1020 grams
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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