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Japanese Ceramic Sake Flask with Signed Wooden Box

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1950: item # 588122

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Japanese Ceramic Sake Flask with Signed Wooden Box
Elegant studio porcelain tokkuri (sake flask) or flower vase in double gourd form with even celadon ("seiji") glaze, likely Kyo ware. Dating to the mid-20th century, it bears the impressed signature of the potter on the unglazed base. It comes in its original tomobako (wooden storage box) which is also signed by the potter, whom we have been unable to identify. The rich unctuous bluish-tinged celadon glaze was masterfully controlled where it reached the foot of the vessel and thickly pooled.

Because of the Japanese preference for “sabi” and “shibui,” the very simplicity and unaffectedness of this piece makes it a perfect accoutrement for the tea ceremony. There is no English translation of the word “shibui.” It connotes the power of quietness and understatement -- especially in commonplace things -- to create an inner beauty. Utensils and implements with such quiet elegance were a special favorite among tea ceremony connoisseurs.

CONDITION is excellent.

DIMENSIONS: Tokkuri is 8 ¾” (22.4 cm) high, 3” (7.7 cm) diameter. Box is 9 ¾” (24.8 cm) x approximately 4 ¼” (11 cm) square.

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