Vintage Japanese Pottery

Vintage Japanese Green Mino/Oribe Yakimono Dish | Vintage Japanese Tea Ceremony Kaiseki Mukozuke Serving Piece


Age:Late Taisho (1926)

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 2-0”h x 8-1/2” square 

The piece being offered is Oribe ware from Mino (also known as Oribe-yaki) is a type of Japanese stoneware recognized by its freely-applied glaze as well as its dramatic visual departure from the more somber, monochrome shapes and vessels common during this time. It is hand-formed and incorporated an unconventional and unique layered handkerchief form juxtaposed to give interest to the overall form. It shows added textural line work on the corner edging of the foundation piece. It has a variegated brilliant green copper glaze throughout. The piece is hand inscribed by the artist on the bottom.

This piece is included in the definition of Kaiseki-Mukozuke, which was one of the most frequent uses of ceramics in the Mukozuke course of eating, certainly the first the guest to see, and a dish used to hold something special. Tea people for the sake of entertainment and visual excitement enjoy contrasting objects used in the ceremony. In this case the ceramicist has greater freedom to move the clay, carving, molding, and manipulating to result in interesting shapes showing the unbridled imagination of the Mino potters which include the assemblage of distinctly different ceramic finishes. And finally, the color in Mukozuke is an important consideration in relation to the food served. There is also the thought that one wants to incorporate the entire range of a creative experience, and is considered a classic style of Japanese aesthetics and captures the spirit of the wabi tea aesthetic.

Condition: Excellent condition as originally formed. No imperfections with a wonderful “hand” to the touch.

NOTE: Oribe is a visual style named after the late-16th-century tea master Furuta Oribe,(1544-1615) who was a warrior who once served Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Oda Nobunaga. He became the foremost tea master when his teacher Sen no Rikyu perished. It’s most often seen in pottery, but extends to textiles and paintings. Oribe was not an actual potter, but (like many other influential figures in Japan’s art history) something akin to an art director or designer. He embodied the spirit of wabi tea so completely that he was able to give it form in a truly new and unique vision. The motifs, taken from nature or other decorative patterns such as textiles, were ground-breaking in their bold informality. It must have been this recognition of a new Japanese aesthetic that caused tea devotees to cherish Oribe ware. Its ability to capture something of the artistic and spiritual soul of Japan quickly spread throughout the country, and its mass popularity continues to this day.