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Old-Kutani Cobalt Blue glaze Bottle(Edo Period)

450,000Yen(Tax Included)

It is the old-utani gourd shaped bottle, which is presumed to have been fired with an awareness of the "Shonzui" of the late ming dynasty in china. The beautiful sparkling gem like lazuli color is captivating, and the six sided twist makes the vessel shape even more distinctive. Even in the history of imari, old-kutani produced excellent bottles, and among them, the gourd shaped bottles are particularly highly praised.

Product Code
Edo Period
Middle 17th century
Body Diameter
Top Diameter
Bottom Diameter
Old Wooden Box
Excellent Condition
There is a adhesion at the body

It meets the requirements of sophisticated and rigorous modeling, beautiful glaze, excellent work. The adhesion of the body that occurred during the production process is carefully polished. It is presumed that there was originally a plum design of gold and silver, but there is no sense of incongruity.

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Old-kutani is a style of imari ware developed in arita, hizen(current saga prefecture), in the early edo period. In the 1640s and 50s, the overglaze enamels technique was introduced to imari ware, which before then was primarily blue and white pottery. Thanks to this dramatic change in technique, early-imari was developed into “Old-Kutani”. Overglaze enamels porcelain, which was originally created by imitating chinese ceramics, developed independently in japan, and in addition to the bright dishes designed for dinner parties, there were also a lot of works created for tea ceremonies and kaiseki. Some pieces were made with noticeably higher quality color painting technique, and it is thought that artists of painting may have contributed to making these pieces. The number of works with inscribed name grew dramatically, and a wide variety of inscribed names were used, such as “Kakufuku” or “Homare”. Since the dishes being made had become wider, in order to prevent the middle of the dishes from sagging during firing, a technique was developed that involved adding cone shaped supports made out of the same material as porcelain called “Hari”. Early-imari dishes had smaller bases, so there are very few pieces that show signs of the use of these “Hari,” other than large dishes. Iroe(overglaze enamels)old-kutani have a magnificent, powerful character, and due to their unique design style and thick, oil paint like coloring, for a long time it was commonly believed that they were produced in kaga(current ishikawa prefecture)- this is known as the kaga theory – but after several pieces of overglaze enamel pottery in the old-kutani style were found in the remains of old kilns in arita, the hizen theory, which claims that they were fired in arita, hizen(saga prefecture), became more prevalent, and this is the mainstream view today. Thanks to the strenuous efforts of hizen potters in the middle 17th century, these beautiful vessels still exist today, and rival jingdezhen porcelain, which is said to be the highest quality porcelain in the world.