This wonderful Narumi-Oribe ware vase is signed and comes with its own signed box. The name of Narumi-Oribe means the difference in the color of clay to other Oribe when red and a white clay are mixed together then glazed. Green copper is used to make the Oribe green glaze. Of course, this is a handmade, hand formed or made by tebineri , then hand painted abd hand glazed piece. Oribe ware is Japanese high-fired ceramic ware; this term has come to be applied to a wide range of ceramics; general characteristics include rectangular and circular shapes, use of clear glaze, white slip, underglaze brush work, and a dark green copper glaze; This black, white and green motif on reddish brown appears to be a grapevine, I am not sure. A very tall slender vase with the body in the shapeof a women, there is actually a Japanese name for it which I cannot locate at the moment. There are several well known Japanese potters who are famous for their pieces including those that combine Narumi Oribe with the green copper Oribe that are as outstanding as this piece with it's beautiful glaze and hand painting. Some examples can be seen at Robert Yellin's Gallery in Japan. I do not know who the potter is for this vase and have overlooked it for a while. It is anout 30 years old. It is an outstanding piece of an Oribe vase that comes with a tomobako.
It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and on the heavier side which most Oribe is. 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 received recently, again please let us know if you have any questions. This one has no smells, this is from a well- known and honest, quality antiques dealer's piece.
SIZE: Height: 9.37" or 23.79 cm; Width: 3.08" or 7.82 cm. Weight 968 grams or 2.13 pounds
About Oribe ware or Oribe yaki 織部焼
Oribe ware is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable for its use of green copper glaze and bold painted design. It was the first use of colored stoneware glaze by Japanese potters. It is one of the Mino styles originating in the late 16th century. It takes its name from tea master Furuta Oribe 1544–1615. Oribe is a style of pottery with much variation. There is a great variety in the type of ware as well as the surface treatment. Like many types of Japanese pottery, bowls and dishes are common. Oribe wares also include lidded jars and handled food containers.
The clay body typically has a low-iron content and is formed by hand, on a potter's wheel, or by drape molding. The surface is painted and decorated with lively surface designs, which may be based on nature, geometric patterns, or a combination of the two. White slip and clear glaze are also used. For the brilliant green color, wares are fired using oxidation at 1220 degrees Celsius. If these conditions are not met, the glaze may be brown or red.
The late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries of the Momoyama and early Edo periods were one of the great periods of Japanese ceramic production in Seto and the neighboring Mino region. It was the period when individual artisans began to explore their craft most creatively, pushed on by the demands of the tea ceremony and the aesthetics of the tea master Oribe. Many of the most famous Raku and Shino bowls were produced at that time, and even in those days they were hugely valuable. The Jesuit priest Louis Frois wrote that one tea bowl equaled the price of the most precious jewels in Europe. As a result, Seto mono is as common a term for ceramics in Japan as china is in England.
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