Antiques 2-7-09

The same day I saw the Iga mizusahi I took pictures of these Kosometsuke mukotsuke. I guess a translation would be Ko = old, sometsuke = the term used for blue and white type ware, mukotsuke = a dish for putting on the far side of the place setting. (muko=over there). All three sets are around 400 years old. Made in China, they were made for the Japanese market. The weight and thickness are some key indicators of that fact. The Chinese made and liked a thinner body. The Japanese, for what ever reason, usually wanted a thicker body.

Of special interest to me are the bare spots on the first set of bowls. The glaze appears to have run in an unusual pattern. I was also drawn to the fact that the glaze looks very new considering the age.

It is this type of ware the Japanese copied that would become  Shoki Imari. This type of ware formed the basis for the hundreds of years of Arita porcelain.

Recently I have come to a deeper appreciation for the Japanese and Japanese traditions. As I have written before, I have been participating on the Gotheborg.com forums. My participation there has brought home to me how much the Japanese know their country.

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4 Responses to “Antiques 2-7-09”

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  2. Dean Kelly Says:

    Interesting pieces. I am surprised they are Chinese. I would have guessed they were from Arita. Are the pieces from late Ming or on into Qing?

    Regards,
    Dean

  3. togeii Says:

    Hello Dean,
    Good question. I don’t know exactly. There are some major differences that point out Chinese provenance. The thickness of the body and weight being the main points. They do look like Ko or Shoki Imari though. Another difference, pointed out in the first Shibata book in the Japanese section, is that the Japanese were still having some problems with their clear overglaze in this period. The pieces I posted don’t have those problems.
    Thanks for looking,
    Dave

  4. Dean Kelly Says:

    Interesting Dave. I have felt at such a disadvantage not having Shibata as I really do like Imari. I appreciate the information.

    Dean

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