Japanese Vintage Ceramic Sake Flask

Japanese Vintage Oribe Tokkuri

Age:1926-1989 (Showa Period)

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 5-1/2”h x 2-1/2” dia.

Shown is a wonderful Oribe ware flask, (Tokkuri), which has a very earthy ribbed texture on a cream background, and layering of earthy tone colors. The rich, olive-green glaze is the most recognizable on the mouth and shoulders of the piece, with highly abstracted motifs in copper glaze representing vines, flowers, textile motif, and a bento box stitch that vertically runs down the side of the flask. The piece is signed on the back.

Vintage Condition: Excellent as originally made. “As is” with no flaws or cracking, from the effects from aging, and retains the exceptional colors and the original craft/workmanship.

NOTE: 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. 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 including various fabric motifs, among other geometric forms.

Sake Drinking: An enjoyable way of serving sake celebrates and its role as part of the aesthetic experience of a Japanese meal is to serve it cold as opposed to the traditional warm sake. Like many aspects of traditional eating and drinking in Japan, sake consumption has its own particular aesthetic and set of specialized serving, (Tokkuri), and drinking vessels, (Guinomi) are common.