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Wax Resist Bamboo Leaf Stoneware Bowl Mashiko Early to Mid-20th C
Vintage 6 inch diameter wax resist Mashiko stoneware bowl with enchanting swirled slip interior and textured brown & caramel exterior from the early to mid-20th century. This Japanese stoneware bowl is decorated with a traditional art pottery motif of bamboo leaves and shoots in wax resist. The interior of the bowl has a perfectly executed swirled slip design that looks like puddled milk. The artistic merits of this stoneware bowl are such that it would look perfectly at home in the MMA, V&A, Getty or similar caliber art museum. And still this bowl is both functional and pleasingly decorative. It also shares some of the attributes found on wax resist wares by Shoji Hamada and the traditions he spread among the potters at Mashiko after his venture with Bernard Leach. Shoji did not sign his pottery. And if one looks at the recent offerings of verified Hamada pottery in auction, one will quickly see that his wares sell for $2,000 and up. The similarities among Hamada's tea dust glaze wares and the bowl offered here certainly are more than coincidental.
The brown exterior glaze on the bowl offered here also has deep historical roots extending far back in time to the deadleaf (Batavia style) chocolate-brown glazed wares of the late 1600s. The interior white slip, however projects a 20th century presence and gives the appearance of panned milk. And exactly how it was applied to capture such a perfect swirl is a mystery. In fact, one might think that no matter how perfectly the white interior slip was applied, it would nevertheless run and drip a little during firing. Instead, the slip remained frozen exactly as applied and is even retains a 1/16 inch thick coagulated edge in the puddle at the very bottom of the bowl just like real swirled milk. A fascinating example of ceramic skill and talent in slip techniques.
The pure white interior slip stand out visually because it contrasts so well against a light celadon-like glaze. The exterior of the bowl has several glazes, too ranging from a matte rust brown wash before being painted with wax and then dipped in a thicker engobe-like glaze. The qualities of that thicker glaze produced a textured surface on top of which a caramel slip was applied along the lower-most section of the exterior of the bowl giving it further textural differences. As for who produced this bowl, one can not say whether the ceramic master Shoji Hamada (1894-1978) had a hand in training the potter or if it simply belongs to the genre of Mashiko-style wares that were produced since 1900. There are no makers marks. If any viewer can offer additional information, please do drop me an email - thanks. And as always, this beautiful bowl also comes with my full satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy as explained below.
SIZE: This bowl measures 6 inches across and stands 3 inches tall. It has a perfectly formed foot ring that is 1/2 inches tall and measure 2 1/4 inches across (diameter).
CONDITION: This stoneware bowl is in excellent condition with absolutely NO chips, NO hairlines, NO cracks, NO major scratches, NO stains, NO repairs and NO restorations. Wear is minimal with some evident on the inside of the bowl part way up the face probably from stacking smaller items inside the bowl.
SHIPPING: All mainland US buyers pay just 11.70 for properly packed, insured USPS Priority mail (this is an estimated savings of about $1 to $3 since insurance is also INCLUDED in the above quoted amount for all mainland US addresses). There is also an option to use a slower shipping method (see Standard Post option), too. Docs Antiques never charges more than it actually costs to ship the item to you and we will refund any excess should you live near us. All international buyers will pay only the exact shipping costs for all verifiable locations outside the continental US mainland. Please note that import duties, taxes and other charges are not included in the item price or shipping costs and these additional charges are the Buyer's responsibility. We do offer a petition for VAT relief on the behalf of the buyer which may help reduce certain import taxes should your country allow such petitions for items over 100 years old. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to purchasing this item -- thanks.
RETURN POLICY: Satisfaction and peace of mind are guaranteed for this item -- and so you have the option to send this VINTAGE BAMBOO RESIST MASHIKO STONEWARE BOWL back to me post marked within seven days of receipt to receive a refund minus shipping/insurance costs (a small sacrifice if you should simply change your mind). Of course, all returns must be received back in exactly the same condition that they were before original shipment was made and must retain security details intact. Fragile items are double boxed and so any item damaged during shipping will need to be turned over to USPS staff and an insurance claim filed in a timely manner. We also ship internationally and include all Customs forms filled out properly so that antique items may receive reduced Duty/VAT taxes if your country allows such discounts on items over 100 years old. We will not, however, falsify any Customs forms or claims regarding value, sales category or age.
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