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Kutani Porcelain Footed Sake Cup Washing Bowl

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1920: item # 50080

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Kutani Porcelain Footed Sake Cup Washing Bowl
Lovely Japanese Kutani porcelain footed sake cup washing bowl (“haisen’) decorated with birds and flowers. Meiji/Taisho period. On the base are two red seal script characters for “Kutani” (signifying “nine valleys”). The delicately scalloped lip rim is subtly decorated in brown enamel with gold scroll designs and hundreds of minute raised dots carefully painted with a brush tip in turquoise enamel. In the interior of the bowl is a pink peony. The exterior continues the peony theme with two mauve blossoms amid green leaves. There are additional floral designs in red and gold enamel behind the peony. On the other side of the bowl is a delicate branch with light blue flowers, atop which sit two brightly colored and gilded birds. 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 good, with one tiny, well done restoration to a rim chip, which is reflected in the price. Overall dimensions: 6” diameter, 4 ˝” high.

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