Kutani Porcelain Sake Cup Rinsing Bowl
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1920: item # 40475
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B & C Antiques
P. O. Box 291
Derby, CT 06418
|Meiji period Kaga-style porcelain footed sake cup rinsing bowl (“haisen’) of exceptional quality. On the base are two black brush written characters for “Kutani” (signifying “nine valleys”). The delicately scalloped lip rim is highly decorated in polychrome and gilt enamels in a brocade pattern. The soft white interior of the bowl shades to blue and reveals a graceful gilded swimming koi in its center. The exterior is decorated with three floral medallions featuring iris, chrysanthemum and cherry blossoms. Bands of rich orange and gold enamel encircle the body and the foot. Haisen, which are generally large porcelain bowls with a stem base, were used in the ritual of sharing sake. Kutani is a small village in Kaga Province on the northwest coast of the main island of Japan with a long history of porcelain production. Condition is very good, with only one small restored rim chip. Overall dimensions: 7” diameter, 5” high.|