Japanese art pottery is always unique, you gotta love it! Here we have a vintage Oribe pottery tea set consisting of a teapot, creamer, and sugar, all in the form of a conch. The set is in perfect condition. The teapot is large enough to use for a cup of tea, but you may just want to display the set as it certainly is lovely, very collectible, and a wonderful conversation piece. The teapot measures 3 1/2" tall (not including the handle), 5 1/2" wide, and 4" deep. the creamer is 3" ht, 4" wide, 4" deep. The sugar is 3 1/2" tall by 4" wide, and 3" deep. Both the teapot and the sugar have lids with a formed shell as a handle. The wrapped handle on the teapot may be a replacement to the original. Truly a wonderful and very collectible set. I have done extensive research on this set and it is definitely Oribe pottery
Oribe ware (織部焼 Oribe-yaki?) 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. Oribe ware was invented in Japan in 1605. Oribe is known for its vivid pattern and color which was a dramatic shift from previous Japanese pottery, which was more sober and monotone. Oribe vessels were primarily used for serving food and drinking tea; their brilliant glazes and wonderful designs made them a shimmering addition to 17th century dining trays and tearooms. A technological advance in the 17th century - the Motoyashiki multi-chamber climbing kiln allowed potters to melt glazes to a translucency, and this made the unique Oribe appearance possible.
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