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1900s porcelain tokkuri SAKE BOTTLE & 5 cups by EIRAKU

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1900s porcelain tokkuri SAKE BOTTLE & 5 cups by EIRAKU
Very unusual late Meiji (1900s) Japanese ceramic sake set consisting of 5 cups and tokkuri - a sake bottle. The bottle is of classic shape with silver lining to the mouth and decoration of a phoenix in flight among scrolling clouds above stylized rocks and under abbreviated clouds. Cups have silver lined inside surface, and follow the same decoration scheme. The decoration technique is called fa-hua, and was developed by Chinese at the end of the 15th century, with lines of raised slip keeping colored glazes from running together, very much like cloisonne technique. Color scheme also follows closely the fa-hua palette with yellow, aubergine and turquoise enamels. The bottle is signed in underglaze blue on the bottom DAI NIHON EIRAKU ZO for one of the later generations of potters from the Eiraku line. Each cup is of different color (aubergine, tomato red, yellow, blue and turquoise), and is stamped RAKU on the bottom. Very pleasant and well made pieces, quite rare, overall in excellent condition (some lines on the liners of the cups). Bottle height 4 9/16 inches, cup diameter 2 inches.

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