A nice medium sized Japanese Oribe pottery bowl decorated with a chrysanthemum flower motif in typical iron underglaze. Surrounding each flower is the classic Oribe tan crackle glaze and thick dark green drip glazes. The bowl is marked with an impressed makers mark that translates as “Kozan”. (This is the only Oribe piece that we have ever seen that was signed - a real rarity.) The bowl dates from the Meiji period, 1868-1912.
It measures 3 inches high and 7 inches wide in diameter at the top. There are two old chips at the top rim, one is repaired and the other is not. No hairlines. Oribe wares originated in the Mino region of Japan in the late 1600s and have always been noted for their asymmetrical harmony and eccentricity.