A Japanese antique Kutani vase made in the Mokubei Style. Based on appearance style and form, we would date this to the turn the Meiji period, 1868-1912. A nice handmade baluster vase with a wide neck. It is decorated in both underglaze and overglaze enamels in traditional Mokubei colors. Sages dance about surrounded by traditional cloud and other Japanese designs. An unusual pattern that almost looks like flying mosquitos in black on gray or purple is painted around the bottom of the neck, an unusual creature creeps around the bottom. This was a U.S. purchase and appears to have originally been an auction or collection piece with the inventory numbered sticker on the bottom. There are no cracks or chips it is in very good condition. The artist has signed it on the bottom. It is really a nice and well-made piece in very lovely form and colors.
SIZE: Height 7" or 17.78 cm, Width at widest 3.75 or 9.52 cm
From Georges Bouvier owner and writer of The Kutani Ceramic Website: Aoki Mokubei of 1766-1833 was a famous Kyoto potter. He was engaged in 1807 as a leader in the Kasugayama kiln by Maeda the 9th Lord of Kaga Han. But stayed only One year. In 1811 he came back to open the Wakasugi kiln. He has developed there a very typical style using colorful Chinese personages in deep red and green colors. This style became very famous and was copied since until today. He stayed few years in Kutani, Until today pieces in Mokubei style bearing Mokubei signature are style produced. Then, the Mokubei style most known from1805-1816 was founded by Mokubei Aoki who reinstated the local tradition of pottery making during the Edo Tokugawa era. Red base with Chinese style figures painted in green, yellow, and blue signify this style. Mokubei was one of the three famed potters of the time.
Kutani, which means Nine Valleys, is an area near Kanazawa City where the Kutani ceramics were first produced in the mid 17th Century. Kutani is the pottery of Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan. Please see more information along with the following at website Kutani-Imus or the Kutani Art Museum (there is a page specifically in English written by the founders of the museum). Kutani Porcelain has been brought up in the long history in Kaga district (Ishikawa Prefecture) of Japan. Many kilns of Kutani Porcelain such as Ko Kutani, the Yoshidaya kiln, the Miyamotoya kiln established the traditional styles originally.
Ko Kutani or Old Kutani were made in Kutani Village within the territory of Daishoji clan (a branch of Kaga clan) and after that many kilns of Kutani Porcelain such as the Yoshidaya kiln, the Miyamotoya kiln, the Kutani Mastuyama kiln etc were produced. The basic traditional styles of Kutani Porcelain were created throughout the kilns and, the techniques have been inherited by many artists of this area at the present. In addition, a lot of Ko Kutani and others live on here. It is extremely significant that "the specialty art museum" featuring Kutani Porcelain is established in this area. For a more in depth history and study of Kutani, see the link in our "Favorites" links on our Homepage to the "Kutani Ceramic Website" by Georges Bouvier; as well as the Kutani museums in Japan.
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