Condition: Excellent

Vintage Japanese Oribe Ware Tokkuri | Sake Serving Bottle | Gifu Prefecture | 1930

This ceramic serving flask is used to warm and serve sake, with a narrow neck for retaining heat. Sake is an alcoholic beverage that the Japanese believe drinking it hot or cold. Sake is one of the finer pleasures in life, and in order to enjoy it to the fullest, the Sake bottle you pour from and the Sake cup you pour into should be as beautiful or as interesting as possible.

From our collection we offer you this beautiful Oribe ware Tokkuri having a deep green, copper and cream unique foundation. The piece has a wonderful foliage motif with a stylized bamboo stitching/seam-like motif on a box-like ribbed foundation, (as opposed to the more common geometric and textile-like motifs), under a thin, transparent glaze, in a copper color. It has a traditionally formed foot-ring, (Takadai), at the base. Condition: Excellent with no repairs, chips, cracks or discoloration. Artisan/Makers graphic signature is on the back of piece. Dimensions: 5-3/4”h x 3-0”dia.

Additional Information —

Although you don’t need to know much about a tokkuri to enjoy its use, there is a fascinating culture just below the surface. Just like the world of sake, there are regional styles and stories evident in the character of any one piece. Oribe ware, standardly glazed in blue or green, first appearing during the Keicho and Genna eras (1596-1624). The name Oribe is derived from Furuta Oribe, a pupil of Sen Rikyu, under whose guidance it was first produced.

For Japanese potters, it was the first use of color in the glazing of stoneware, and at the time was said to have a very simple and modernistic aesthetic. General characteristics include rectangular and circular shapes, use of clear glaze, white slip, underglazed brush work, and a dark green copper glaze which originated around 1600.

Naturally it is a matter of personal taste, and the old saying “Form Follows Function” never rang truer. Aesthetic appearance, weight, balance, how it feels in the hand, a beautiful foot to raise and celebrate the piece, and a lip that is not excessively rough, are said to be the general points of assessment, (The Kodai, or foot of a piece and the ring on the bottom on which the piece rests are a somewhat hidden feature that is always checked by experienced collectors. The quality and appearance of this facet of a piece is indicative of the skill of the artist).

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