A Good Japanese Signed Bizen Stoneware Vase. 18/19th. century. Edo Period
Ht. 5 3/4 ins. 14.5 cms. This unusual and quirky little vase is in the best tradition of Japanese pottery in which, unlike porcelain, potters often experimented with unusual and sometimes eccentric shapes, much prized in the Tea-ceremony. This vase is of a size that makes it very suitable for the Tea-ceremony. It has an impressed seal underneath in the form of a silver ingot, unfortunately we have been unable to identify the potter. As far as we know there is no comprehensive list of Bizen potter's marks.
The piece is in very good condition, there is a gold lacquer repair to a chip on the rim, which most aficionados of real Japanese pottery would agree enhances the appeal of the vase. The prizing of perfect condition for its own sake has no place in the ethic of tea-ceremony influenced pottery. Otherwise there is no damage and no other repairs.
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