A Japanese vintage Kutani porcelain slim hyotan tokkuri kabin or slim gourd is made in the fashion of a sake bottle, or vase is in the same shape as a tall slim gourd. It is made by hand and decorated with the old Kutani brown on the background. This brown under the glaze is beautiful. The decorations painted in thick overglaze enamels are made in the fashion of tamari balls, which are old Japanese balls of yarn made into toy balls. According to the seller in Japan the thick enameled maroon, pink and orange balls could also represent an old Samurai family motif of the 'Flower Shippo crest pattern . The painting is nice with raised enamels. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. The bottle is signed on the bottom with the Kutani name and the name of the maker which is unknown at this time. It is a nice tall size perfect for center or side table ikebana decoration.
Size: Height 8.61 inches or 22.1 cm, Diameter at widest 3.31 inches or 8.5 cm
Kutani yaki. ware 九谷焼
Kutani ware 九谷焼 is Japanese porcelain made in Kaga province, now in Ishikawa prefecture. The name Old Kutani refers to porcelain decorated with heavily applied overglaze enamels and produced in the Kaga mountain village of Kutani. The powerful Maeda family had established a kiln there by 1656. The clay bodies used were gray and coarse-grained. On most pieces—dishes and bowls were especially common—a white or blue-white matte glaze was decorated in dark, restrained colours, initially greens, yellows, and some reds, and later purples and dark blues. Some items had cobalt blue decoration under a white glaze.
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