Japanese Antique Ceramic Brush Washer

Japanese Daruma Seto ware Suiteki | 1920-1945 | Japanese Ceramic Calligraphy Vessels



Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 3-0”l x 1-7/8”w x 1-3/4”h

This is an exceptional pair of Japanese vintage water-droppers, (Suiteki) from Owari Province (modern Aichi Prefecture), Aichi prefecture in Japan representing a small device used in calligraphy to collect water and excess ink for brush calligraphy. A Suiteki with such a bowl is the most unique feature of these pieces and makes them very collectible and unique. Each incorporates the image of Daruma (father of Zen Buddhism), looking over the bowl with one eye closed. Each is made with a yellow-toned finish and hand-painted with a female character on the bottom of the bowl, with a poem in the script, along with a small sea creature. Each dropper has two small holes, one for air and one for dispensing the water, and is designed so that only a few drops of water can flow out at one time to afford the right consistency. On the inside and outside of the bowl, there is a collection of disparate impressed motifs including a small Shikoku Beaver or Otter on interior of the basin. The circular mark on the underside indicates Sato Ware.

Vintage Condition: Excellent, perfect condition without cracks, chips, repairs, or restorations, and retains all of its colored decoration.