Antiques 9-18-10

A couple of sakezukes or guinomi. The first is from Seto and dates to the Muromachi period. It is interesting in that it seems to have been fired in a high ash area of the kiln. It doesn’t appear to have been stacked. It also leans slightly towards the fire side of the kiln. Perfectly straight ceramics coming out of the kiln are a relatively modern development. The bottom shows a seashell pattern where it was cut off the wheel. When ever it was made I am sure it wasn’t made as a sake cup but that is what it is used for now. Of special note is the way the leather, deer leather, was attached to the box. This method was common some time ago.

The second piece is a guinomi from the end of the Momoyama period into the Edo period. It is a Shino piece. Both the first and this piece have been repaired with gold, a type of repair I really like. I like the directness and un-poetic way this piece has been trimmed. It was cut in a way that only took into account the fact that excess clay needed to be removed.

The third piece is a Chinese made three color plate. Made during the Tou period in China, Tang in English,  which corresponds with the Tempyo period in Japan. It is called a Tousansai in Japan. Japanese made sansai, san = 3, sai = color, is extremely rare. I have only seen shards or pictures in books of complete pieces. Most if not all of the complete Japanese made pieces are Important Cultural Works. It was very interesting to hear Mr. Kawase say the Chinese were/are the teachers when it comes to sansai technique. Of course he is correct since in the period under discussion the Chinese were far ahead of the Japanese in technical ability. The interesting thing is to hear a Japanese person say, in a clearly enunciated way, that the Chinese were/are, (it is unclear from the Japanese he used what tense he is talking in), the teachers. I have never heard that said. The Japanese never need to be told who is the teacher, who is the student. It is extremely hierarchical here and such things are not usually pointed out. It makes me wonder what is being said.

I have a couple of pictures of a hanging vase made from an inverted bell from a temple and then one of Mr. Kawase.

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  1. Antiques 10-30-10 « Togeii's Weblog Says:

    […] first piece is a Tou, Tang period, sansai piece. I wrote about a different piece of Tousansai here. This tea caddy is more delicate than the plate I saw before. The lid, ivory, is surprisingly heavy […]

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