This Japanese antique Kyoto porcelain large vase for ikebana is about 100 years old. It appears to be fashioned after a Chinese style which we had that was very similar, see the interesting history of Kyoto pottery below. Ikebana means flower arrangement, and in Japan are most often used for the tea ceremony. It is handmade and painted in underglaze blue on white 'jiki' or porcelain. It is heavily decorated and very detailed with wonderful three-claw 'Ryu' or dragons on each side surrounded by flames and flowers. It is bordered in the old Chinese border on the neck and foot. It is very nice vase. The handles are elephants. The similar vase we had had rings handing down from the handles, and I believe that is why there is some wear on the bottom of the handles, which probably were removed or broken. Otherwise with typical age wear and no other cracks or chips. The bottom is signed with the 'Fuku' mark which generally means longevity, wealth, and happiness. It is a very nice authentic Japanese Kyoto ware or Kyo-yaki also called Kiyomizu vase in the old times. This is a large, heavy piece with Retail ground being the most economical shipping in the U.S.
Size: Height 13.84 inches or 35.5cm, Width 4.95 inch or 12.7cm and 7.21 inches or 18.5cm, at the Rim of neck 4 ½ inches by 4 inches slanting inward about ½ inch. Total Weight 2885 grams or 6.36 lbs.
Kyōto-shi 京都市 and Kyo-yaki 京焼き
Kiyomuzu yaki written 清水寺 is the old name for Kyoto Ware pottery and the town, more can be found about this on the internet. In the 17th century, in Kyoto, then Japan's cultural capital, kilns produced lead-glazed pottery like the pottery of southern China. The city pf beautiful artwork is of many generations of families of potters with the skill of the potter being handed down through each generation. 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.
Historically known as Meaco, 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'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. Known as Heian-kyō, the Heian Period capital of Japan that has become the present-day city of Kyoto. Some of the oldest history during the Nara era, a monk, Gyoki built his kiln at the Seikan Temple Higashiyama-ku in Kyoto prefecture) and produced unglazed earthenware. It became famous as Chawanzaka. 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, Kokutani, and Koimari.
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. 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. 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.
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