Large Japanese Porcelain Tokkuri Attrib. to Otokoyama Kiln. Late Edo Period
Ht. 14 1/8 ins. (36 cms). This large and handsome tokkuri (sake vessel) is finely decorated in underglaze blue with a design of cherry blossom and peonies and two tumbling birds. The piece is similar in shape and decoration to a tokkuri in Toyko National Museum (see Illustrated Catalogues of Tokyo National Museum. Japanese Ceramics. 1966 Pl. 539. See photo on this listing). Their bottle is described as Oyama ware but the more usual rendering of the kanji in the description into romaji would be read Otokoyama. The kiln seems to be little known. There are several locations named Otokoyama in Japan but the pottery seems to have been on the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture. According to Morse in "Japanese Pottery" the kiln opened in the early part of the 19th. century and closed in 1830 only to open and close again several times in the 19th. century. The example in Tokyo Museum is dated as Edo Period which finished in 1867 also their example was marked "Oyama (Otokoyama) South Kii Province", the present example is not marked.
The condition is very good except it has been drilled for use as a lamp, the hole having been filled in with filler (see photos). There is no other damage or restoration. The chips on the foot are caused by the foot sticking to the kiln shelf or saggar before its removal from the kiln.
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