This is a special collector's set of four stoppered Arita Mikawachi Hirado Porcelain Sake Bottles. They are made of the famous Hirado porcelain and hand decorated in Arita Mikawachi Hirado black. The tokkuri or sake bottles are formed in the traditional 'Tsuru-kubi' shape. The motif is a very intensely painted tall double waterfall on one side; such as that we see the tip tops of the mountains sticking out of the clouds on the other side; surrounded by trees and rocks all around either a boat house at the end of a pier or home at a walkway. The waterfalls and landscape design remind me of the Fall and Winter. The stoppers are very thick, a good quality extra to have for serving, that not all sake bottles come with, I am out of picture room to show the other side of them but they are very nice.
This set in very good condition for their age, not chipped or cracked. Each bottle will vary in size and painting within the set, they are not all 'exactly alike', each is different. A signed and original box comes with, signed as 'Mikawachi Ware '三川内陶器' and a work by Kasho Hirado 'カー翔平戸', or Hiradokasho Pottery. The bottles are also all signed on the bottom. As far as the age goes the seller had them listed as antique, but did not know the exact age but most likely 1960's- 1970's.
SIZE: Height 5.6" or 14.22 cm, Diameter 2.5" or 6.3cm and thickness of the lid 0.2 or 0.5cm.
Arita Mikawachi Hirado 平戸
Hirado was an important kiln in the history of Japanese ceramics and its widely varied wares rank among the finest made and considered by many as the finest in the world in the 1780-1870s, others cut the end of that period earlier, to around 1840, or the time of the first Opium war in China.
Hirado porcelains are characterized by its pure white body and clear glaze, often adorned with fine painting in underglaze blue. Some pieces are embellished with brown glaze. Others, more rarely, are covered with a fine celadon glaze. While Japanese scholars often technically refer to this material as Mikawachi ware, the popular term in both Japan and the West is Hirado ware. Japanese porcelain with figure and landscape painting in blue on a white body, often depicting boys at play, made exclusively for the Lords of Hirado, near Arita, in the mid 18th to mid 19th centuries.
Hirado is the pottery of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan and It is traditional Japanese pottery. Hirado is a city located in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Hirado was made as pottery for an offering a Daimyo prior to the Meiji period, Therefore, the use of Hirado in Japan has a high social status to this day, for those wares thThis is one of the areas I had the opportunity to live as a child, at the time in the 1960's we simply knew it was, Nagasaki the city. It was in this area that the Hirado kilns were first born, and are now closed. While the kilns closed early in the 20th century, Hirado type wares are still made by highly skilled potters only with oversight by a Master Potter, most often one who is well known.
The craft is now headed by 14 government recognized Master Craftsmen among the 240 employed by the 35 firms maintaining a craft of class. See our 15th Moemon pieces for more details about the other kilns. Of interest, many of the Masters of these kilns are either direct descendant of, took the name of one of the first founders of Hirado, the very first Moemon Nakazato from 400 years ago and the older history which we are not sharing here
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