Oribe potters are followers of Yo to bi, (Beauty and Use), placing emphasis on a container’s beauty first, and its use second. These mid-Showa period, (1926-1989), bowls capture the essence of the Momoyama Period and Mingei traditions. Both small serving pieces are hand-formed, with an olive-green glaze, which has been dripped over each piece adding a natural element with a textile and flower, crosshatch/brush stroke motif. Each piece has a beautifully fashioned foliate rim and standard three feet base for support. There is an impressed stamp of the maker on the bottom of each piece. Both are in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks. Dimensions: 3-1/4” dia x 2-0”h.
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Oribe ware, (Oribe-yaki), is a classic style of pottery developed by the tea master Furata Oribe, (1544-1615), in the 16th century. Most of it is made in Seto province at the Mino kilns. Oribe ware is one of the most startling and innovative expression of Japanese ceramics in existence, not only of this period, but of all periods. Oribe ware has a very earthy feel with its layering of naturally occurring colors. The rich, olive-green, copper glaze is the most recognizable. Its highly abstracted motifs are drawn from rice forms, bird forms, fishing nets, and various fabric motifs, among other geometric forms.
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