Japanese Mingei Folk Kiln Ceramic Vase
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: item # 1167428
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Derby, CT 06418
This large impressive Meiji period (1868-1912) Japanese stoneware vase has a thick turquoise glaze on the neck and shoulders, and the front is hand painted with a boldly drawn peony blossom on a rich crackle-glazed buff-colored ground. The vase is heavily potted, and the thick footrim is unglazed. Although similar in style to some Shigaraki or Agano wares, we have been unable to determine the specific folk kiln of its origin. It is often difficult to identify the specific place of manufacture of many 19th and early 20th century Japanese folk ceramics due to the spread of technology from one area to another. This gave rise to a situation in which ceramics of closely similar types were made all over Japan.
Folk-craft products or “mingei,” of which this large vase is representative, are objects used by common people. These commonplace, functional artifacts are endowed with a beauty directly connected with their utility – a beauty that is simple, humble and unassuming. The juxtaposition of the freely drawn flower and the large section of luminous turquoise glaze on this vessel is most appealing. The overall glazing spots from the kiln ash also provide a great deal of unique character.
CONDITION is excellent, with no chips or cracks, which is most unusual with such utilitarian items.
DIMENSIONS: 13” (33 cm) high, 7 ˝” (19 cm) diameter at widest point. Weight: 4 ˝ pounds (2 kg).