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Japanese Arita Blue and White Katakuchi Sake Pourer

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1940: item # 1190937

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Japanese Arita Blue and White Katakuchi Sake Pourer

This style of Japanese sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) spouted pouring vessel for sake is known as a “katakuchi.” Early to mid-20th century. The white glazed body is boldly decorated with a freely-drawn design of a large flower blossom and stylized leaves in underglaze cobalt blue. The extended base is unglazed, as katakuchi were originally placed directly on the hot ashes inside a hibachi to keep the sake heated.

This is an example of Arita ware which was made for domestic use and not for export. Arita is a town on the island of Kyushu which has been a center of Japanese porcelain production since the seventeenth century. With Arita blue and whites, the blue is produced from a cobalt or indigo pigment and is painted straight onto the biscuit, after which the piece is glazed and fired. Ceramics for everyday use were made at the same kilns that were producing highly ornate, purely decorative wares primarily for export. These humble utilitarian serving vessels often have a greater appeal than export ware because they show a highly developed sense for matching materials, form and function with simple beauty.

CONDITION is excellent.

DIMENSIONS: 6 ¾” (17.2 cm) high, approximately 6” (15.3 cm) diameter.

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