Antique Japanese Tokkuri | Seto Earthenware Sake Serving Bottle with Sculptural Relief Crab Motif | Housen-gama | Early 1900s
This is a wonderful and most unusual Seto earthenware sake bottle, (Tokkuri), with a red crab in sculptural relief, (taka-ukibori) on the side. The lip is quite unusual in that it is free form with a cream drip glazing which partially covers the exterior form. This piece is most identifiable for thick glazes and textured surfaces. Carved and glazed as if the realistic crab was crawling out of a crack in the stone. The piece has an impressed potter seal, (Kamajirushi), of Housen-gama. Condition: Excellent, no chips, cracks with fine detail and very realistic in the detailing of the crab. We have not seen one of these for many years for it is quite unique. Dimensions: 5-0”h x 2-1/2” dia.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection