A Japanese modern Arita porcelain vase designed by the famous Master Potter Genemon Tatebayashi VI and by the kiln of one of three Emon of Arita about 30-40 years ago. A small blue and white bulbous vase is decorated with a large plum blossom with unusual and modern flair. Ths handmade and hand formed vase is made of the highest quality Arita porcelain painted in deep cobalt underglaze blue and overglaze enamels. A kyūkon-jō no kabin 球根状の花瓶 or bulbous style vase is made for the ikebana arrangement. The vase is in excellent condition with no cracks, chips or scratches. It is signed with the Genemon name on the bottom of the vase. There is one barely visible mm size scrape on the rim, see the pictures. It comes with the original and high quality shiho-zan tomobako box with inserts to hold the lid tight and signed by the potter and with the name of the kiln and his name.
SIZE: Diameter and Height are both 4.5” or 11.43 cm. Weight 390 grams, box 360 grams, Total unpacked weight .86 lbs
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Genemon Tatebayashi VI 館林
Arita is the pottery of Saga Prefecture in Japan, this vase is made by the Master Potter Genemon Tatebayashi the sixth generation of master potters of the Genemon kiln of Arita, one of the most prosperous Arita kilns. The three Emon of Arita are Kakiemon, Imaemon and Genemon. As Master Potters, they are those with the highest evaluations of any potter in Arita. The sixth Genemon Tatebayashi passed away in 1989 and the story probably carries more history in recent times than any of the handing off to the succeeding Master Potter- as there was none at the time. See the other item by this same Master Potter in our store as well as the article link to the New York Times at the time of his passing found under our Favorites Links on our home page. Additionally, see the link to the Genemon kiln in Arita.
From the Gen emon Kiln in Arita, please see their website
Some 260 years have passed since Gen-emon kiln was established in Zemeki, Arita. Throughout those long years, Gen-emon kiln has preserved the tradition of Old Imari by producing beautiful porcelain which has attracted people of various times to Gen-emon. During its long history, there have been hard times such as the Meiji restoration and World War Ⅱ. However, Gen-emon kiln was designated as an authorized kiln to produce artistic porcelain. Under those circumstances, Gen-emon Ⅴ devoted himself to studying industrial ceramic arts, and he succeeded in maintaining the tradition of Arita porcelain by improving conventional techniques and designs.
Coming through the postwar confusion, Gen-emon Ⅵ expanded the traditional techniques of Gen-emon kiln further by developing and producing restaurant tableware as well as artistic porcelain. Later, he shifted his emphasis, and he started producing household tableware. He wanted to make the beauty of Old Imari more available in household tableware in order to encourage more beautiful and creative lifestyles. Thus he dedicated his life to the restoration of Old Imari by seeing household tableware through new eyes.
Gen-emon Kiln Style
The characteristic styles of Gen-emon kiln, which are highly regarded both in Japan and abroad, can be seen in its present products. One can see the simple, but free and easy style of Early Imari, plus the brilliant and dignified style of Exported Imari, which requires skillful brushwork. In addition, an original Gen-emon style based on the Imari styles has been established which successfully reflects contemporary tastes.
The outstanding feature of Gen-emon kiln is that each product is formed and painted by hand, utilizing the traditional techniques of Arita porcelain. Because the difficulty of firing porcelain requires perfect work in each process, a specialized systematic process was developed here in Arita. In porcelain production, it is necessary for individual artisans to do their best work in their own areas of expertise. Areas of expertise include throwing, painting, glazing, and firing with everyone giving great attention to the materials. Gen-emon kiln uses unique clay, glaze, fuel Japanese red pine, and pigments. Gen-emon kiln porcelain is the culmination of creativity and effort involving the entire kiln.
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