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Japanese Vintage Kutani yaki Porcelain Tokkuri and Cups by Famous Potter Gyokuzan Kutani
This Japanese vintage Kutani yaki porcelain set af a sake bottle and cups are a gorgeous rendition of the early 1800s style called 'Lidaya'. This set pf a tokkuri bottle or sake bottle and sake cups is about 30 years old and looks brand new, it is fine, Iidaya style conspired when Iida Hachirouemon took over the Yoshidaya business. The characteristic detailed figures drawn in fine red patterns with gold ornaments were very fashionable at the time. This set is all handmade on very fine white Kutani porcelain in a very high-class vintage set.
They are decorated with great detail in akae or red underglaze and overglaze enamels. A mythical bird- dragon is painted as the primary picture on the bottle. It is surrounded by many traditional Japanese patterns with very fine work and detail by a Kutani specialist, in this case, Famous Potter Gyokuzan Kutani who is a Master potter that is part of the Kutani family and responsible for many of the designs themselves. It is decorated with great intricacy znd care requiring much talent and concentration. They are decorated with the seigaiha or wave pattern, an arabesque pattern called the octopus vine or tako karakusa motif , the bishamon kikko-mon or the criss-cross pattern on the shoulder of the bottle, and a Chinese pattern around the bottom border that I cannot find the name of. Gold highlights are painted in perfect parts of the red giving the red hand painting and the set a rich shine, It is signed on the bottom with the Kutani name and the potter name, Gyokuzan on the left. This is an excellent set with no cracks or chips. The crazing on porcelain is done on purpose and in this case not a defect but normal.
Size Bottle Height 6.4 inches or 16.2 cm, Diameter 2.8 inches or 7 cm Cups Diameter 2.2 inches or 5.6 cm, Height 1.4 inches or 3.5 cm
Kutani- yaki 九谷
Kutani ware is Japanese porcelain made in Kaga province (now in Ishikawa prefecture). The name “Old Kutani” refers to porcelain decorated with heavily applied overlglaze 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.
The most noted Old Kutani pieces are “Green Kutani,” in which most of the surface is covered in a green or blue-green glaze to which one or two colours have been added (or the glaze is applied evenly over a design executed in black).
The bold designs of Kutani ware drew freely from Chinese ceramics, paintings, and textiles. They are renowned for their rich pictorial ornament executed in lively, intense lines.
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