Japanese ceramics have long been part of western museums and art collections from the postwar decades on, as Japanese pottery techniques and concepts exerted profound influence on ceramic art outside Japan.
There are Eight, (8), Mukozuke, (serving pieces), represented here that are quite unique. Each are in the form of a varigated leaf and stem with a very subtle vein design on the bottom with a slight color change to give each piece character. The texture is also unusual, for it is rough which the Japanese love to touch. There is a short rim on the bottom to raise the piece from the surface. No signatures. Dimensions: 3-3/4” w x4- 3/8”l x 1-1/8”h.
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Bizen, one of the six major kiln production/sites in Japan, has a history going back some one thousand years to the Heian period, (794-1185), when the ware was already gaining in recognition. At the end of the Muromachi period, (1392-1573), the rustic, undecorated qualities of this ware met with particular favor among the tea ceremony enthusiasts, resulting in the making of many tea bowls, tokkuri, (sake pourers), guinomi, (sake cups), and hana and abura, (flower and oil), jars for everyday use. The creative process during firing often produced unexpected changes of color and surface effect. It is, in a sense, a “natural art”, as no two pieces of Bizen-yaki ware are the same.
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