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Japanese Arita Ware Sake Bottle

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Japanese Arita Ware Sake Bottle
Blue and white Arita porcelain sake bottle or “tokkuri” in ovoid form. Meiji/Taisho period. This white glazed bottle, which is freely decorated in a rich bright underglaze sapphire blue with a design of leaves or fronds, was made for domestic use and not for export. Underglaze bands of cobalt blue encircle the neck, waist and foot, and there is a recessed base and unglazed footrim. 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.

CONDITION is excellent, with only a couple of tiny kiln irregularities.

DIMENSIONS: 10 ¾” (27.5 cm) high, approximately 7” (18 cm) diameter at widest point.

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