Meiji Bijutsu

Edo Period Seto Sometsuke Tsubo

Edo Period Seto Sometsuke Tsubo

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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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A very attractive small tsubo (pot) dating from the end of the Edo period (1615-1868) made in Seto porcelain and decorated in fine details in sometsuke (underglaze blue), with motifs of interesting looking birds flying in a bamboo grove.

In the beginning of the 19th century, a potter named Tamikichi Kato (1771-1824) brought the porcelain firing techniques back to the town of Seto, an important pottery production center. He and local potters began producing refined cobalt blue underglaze ceramics which gained notoriety in world expositions during the Meiji period (1868-1912).

Although the decoration is inspired by classic Chinese ko-sometsuke porcelain, the beautiful cobalt blue of this porcelain and the high level of techniques used by potters with the knowledge of a centuries-old pottery tradition is what has made this ware one of the most sought after Japanese porcelains.

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Although the foot rim presents a rough edge, common to this kind of porcelain, the pot is in very good condition.
Dimensions: 12.1 x 12.4 cm (4.8 x 5 in); weight 468g (16 oz)

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