This Japanese vintage pair of Kutani yaki porcelain tokkuri or sake bottles are often used as decorative bottles or bud vases. They were made by famous by Asakura Isokichi 朝倉. They are similar to a double gourd shape with the bottom sloping down into a square shape instead of round. They are full of bright wonderful decoration in overglaze enamels. On the bottom the plum flower is vivid purple and blue on yellow. The dot pattern covers the yellow. The wave pattern in black on green covers the slope between the stop and bottom. On the top are maru mon or circles with designs, in them decorations of birds on flowers in white and on opposite side the sansui or landscape design. They are signed on the bottom with the Kutani name and the signature of the potter which was not so easy to match up and his hand writing is not as neat as his art work but thats ok. See more below about the potter.
They are 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 are careful to check incoming items for any unusual smells. Again please let us know if you have any questions. This is a purchase from a well- known and honest, quality antique dealer in Japan.
Size: Height 7.52 inches or 19.3 cm, Diameter 2.65 inches at top or 6.8 cm, Weight 570 grams or 1.25 lbs
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The Potter Asakura Isokichi 朝倉, 1913-1998 .
A 2nd generation of Isokichi Asakura was born in Terai, Ishikawa in 1913He learned the general ceramic techniques after graduation from primary school. In 1928 he studied under Tokuda Yasokichi 1st and Tojiro Kitade. In 1946, learned the Iroe technique from Kitade Tojiro. In the same year he entered a water bowl at the first Nitten Exhibition and won a prize.
In 1996, He received the Order of Cultural Merit from the government. He was member of Japan Art Academy, Adviser of Nitten and President of the Association of Ishikawa Prefectural Arts and Culture. In subsequent years Asakura received a host of major prizes and honors, including: the Hokkoku Shimbun Cultural Award, in 1968; the Prime Minister's Prize at the Nitten Exhibition, in 1977; the Japan Arts Academy Prize, in 1981; the Fourth Order of Merit with the Grand Cordon of the Rising Sun and membership in the Japan Arts Academy (the first Ishikawa-born potter so honored), in 1984; honorary citizenship from the town of Terai, in 1986; designation as a Person of Cultural Merit (the first kutani-yaki potter so honored), in 1992. That same year in 1992 he was also honored for his cultural merits by Kutani ceramics and in 1993 appointed as adviser for the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition Nitten Exhibition.
During his time, his style showed he paints freely in modern style not too far from Kutani original colors and like to give space to the motifs of his potteries. His ceramics have fantastic motifs such as yellow butterflies dancing on camellias. In the last part of his life, he had the tendency of not using at all any akae or red paint. He died in April, 1998.
The above information was excerpted from two sites and where one can find more information Isokichi Asakura history and style of Kutani ware, including at the Nomi Kutani Ceramics Museum as excerpted along with his picture, and from the Kutani Ceramic Website, where Georges Bouvier tells us that a good example of modern Kutani style can be seen in Terai in the Asakura Isokichi museum where pottery of uncommon shape, size and colors can be found.
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