The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Antique Japanese Ao-Kutani Tokkuri Sake Flask

Antique Japanese Ao-Kutani Tokkuri Sake Flask

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Green, purple blue and yellow decorate the crackled cream ground of this Edo period vessel enclosed in an ancient wooden box titled Ko-Ao-Kutani Tokkuri (Old Blue Kutani Sake Flask). Probably, to put a full title on it, it would be Edo-Koki Saiko Kutani Ao-de Sansui Fukei Zu Tokkuri (Late Edo Kutani Revival Era Blue-Glaze Tokkuri with Mountain and Water Landscape). What is noticeable is the lack of the color red, and the composition of the clay, truly reaching for the roots of early Kutani ware. It is 19.2 cm (7-1/2 inches) tall. There are color repairs to the rim typical of use as visible in the final close-up.
Some mystery still surrounds the origins of Kutani. Ao-Kutani was produced from the mid 17th century, however very little evidence of production exists in the old kiln districts in the Kutani area, leading to the hypothesis that it was actually produced in Imari Saga prefecture, or that the forms were created in Imari, and that the overglaze decoration was done in Kutani. Whatever the case, Old Kutani lasted only into the early 18th century, then disappeared for most of the mid Edo period. It was revived in 1804, and from that time on a succession of kilns opened in the old district under direction from the provincial lord. The most distinctive feature of early Kutani is the half-pottery-half porcelain body, and complete lack of the color red, which is only found in piece made in the Kutani revival post 1804.