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A Small Japanese Tokoname Vase â Taisho/Showa

A Small Japanese Tokoname Vase – Taisho/Showa

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1940: Item # 772389

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A nice little Tokoname pottery bud vase dating from the mid 1920s -to late 1930s. The piece is decorated on the brick re unglazed body with an impressed design of a dragon encircling the entire piece – at the top the rim has a Greek key design. On the side is an impressed signature that translates to "Dai Nippon Tokoname Sei(made)". The vase measures 6” high by 3 ¼” diameter at the waist and is in excellent condition.

Pieces representing the beginnings of Tokoname ware were made at the end of the Heian period (794-1185) and it is now counted among Japan's six old kilns. Jars appeared in the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868) and normal household tableware started to be produced at the end of the Edo period alongside the prized tea ceremony pieces. The red coloring which develops as a result of the iron in the clay is a special feature of this ware, and while some of the pieces develop the qualities of the clay to the full, others are glaze. The product line is mainly composed of traditional items including items for tea ceremony use, vases, ornaments, decorative plant pots, bonsai trays, and an assortment of jars and larger pots.