This interesting piece is a ko-karatsu ware ( old Karatsu ). This appellation designates early pottery from the kilns of the town of Karatsu, located on the island of Kyushu, Japan. The date of the foundation of the first karatsu kilns is uncertain, but there seems a consensus for it to be around the beginning of the 16th century during the late Muromachi period ( 1336-1573 ). The first potters were from Korea, and they brought to Japan techniques which contributed to the creation of unique wares first destined to be used by common folks, but which gained the admiration of the Tea Masters of the late 16th century.
This particular piece probably dates from the 17th century or maybe the early 18th century. It has an interesting combination of qualities. the smoothness of its thick multiple colored glaze contrasts wonderfully with the sublime rustic character of the kodai.
Good antique condition with some peeling of glaze.
If you wish to purchase it with a vintage kiri wood box the additional fee will only be 30 $.
Size: 4,5 cm height x 13 / 13,5 cm width.