Oribe potters are followers of Yo to bi, (Beauty and Use), placing emphasis on a containe’rs beauty first, and its use second. This mid-Showa period (1926-1989) vase captures the essence of the Momoyama Period and Mingei traditions, with a modern and boundary-pushing twist. This monochrome asymmetrical Hanaire is made from four slabs of clay, mostly smooth and colored with a 17th century olive-green glaze called Oribe. In this case, each side of the vase is slightly different in that the form is geometric and absent of a painted decorative geometric motif; for one moment you think you are looking at a round piece but then realize that each side has offset vertical flat elements. It is in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks. Unsigned. Dimensions: 3-3/8”w x 8-1/4”h.
Additional Information —
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 expressions, 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. The standard abstracted motifs usually employed are drawn from the rice farms, bird forms, fishing nets, and various fabric motifs, among other geometric forms illustrated in this Hanaire.
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