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Post by alexlenehan on September 20th 2015, 2:00 pm

Hi all, my first post, and an exciting one for me. I recently purchased a collection of pottery (particularly for some fantastic older pieces including an incredible karatsu pot from the Momoyama period that I can post of there is interest.) Obviously the previous collector had a great eye and as such I am very interested in the more modern pieces from the collection. I believe that they all probably come from the Mashiko region and that an artist ID is next to impossible without a signed tomobaku but I was hoping that somebody might be able to give me a rough period for the pieces and an artist that they are in the style of, I am really quite taken with them (especially the round plate,) and would love to know more.

Thanks so much

Alex

Square Plate 1





Square plate 2





Round plate





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Post by studio-pots on September 20th 2015, 2:42 pm

Welcome Alex and thank you for your post. Although I will run through all the items here it would in future be much better to start a separate thread for each pot. This is because all the items might not be related, as could be the case here. Also it makes it much easier to put positive IDs in the correct thread if a positive identification is forthcoming.

I'll reply separately for each.

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Post by studio-pots on September 20th 2015, 2:45 pm

Square plate 1 could be Japanese but I think it is more likely to have been made elsewhere in the Anglo-Japanese style that was made popular by Bernard Leach here in the UK.

As you are Stateside it could well have been made relatively locally.

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Post by studio-pots on September 20th 2015, 2:46 pm

Square plate 2 is Japanese in the Oribe style and was probably made in Seto or Mino. No seal or incised mark suggests it was factory made.

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Post by studio-pots on September 20th 2015, 2:49 pm

Round plate. This was almost certainly made in Mashiko in the style made popular by Shoji Hamada. I am 90% sure that it comes from the Tsukamoto factory there, as these were imported into California by a company called Takahashi in San Francisco for a long period. It would have had a paper label that has been removed.


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Post by studio-pots on September 20th 2015, 2:52 pm

The yunomi was again made in a factory in Mashiko in the style popularised by Hamada and is perhaps most familiar to UK collectors. This is because many were imported here in the late 1970s/early 1980s by someone who planned to open a Japanese restaurant chain. An idea that was ahead of its time and so it never materialised, resulting in these yunomis entering the secondary market. You can regularly find these on Ebay and on occasions they are attributed to Shoji Hamada or members of his family, which is nonsense.

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Post by alexlenehan on September 20th 2015, 4:52 pm

Wow, thank you so much for the thorough and informative response studio-pots! I greatly appreciate the time you have taken to write it.

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Post by studio-pots on September 20th 2015, 5:18 pm

No problem but we can't promise the same quick response every time. Cheeky

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Post by NaomiM on September 20th 2015, 5:48 pm

studio-pots wrote:Square plate 2 is Japanese in the Oribe style and was probably made in Seto or Mino. No seal or incised mark suggests it was factory made.


Looks like a hand trimmed foot and sides to me, so I disagree about it being factory made. Although the lack of a mark suggests it was communally made domestic ware.

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Post by NaomiM on September 20th 2015, 5:51 pm

We also have a Teabowl thread if you have any to share, Alex

http://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t12366-teabowls#98700


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Post by studio-pots on September 20th 2015, 6:01 pm

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studio-pots wrote:Square plate 2 is Japanese in the Oribe style and was probably made in Seto or Mino. No seal or incised mark suggests it was factory made.


Looks like a hand trimmed foot and sides to me, so I disagree about it being factory made. Although the lack of a mark suggests it was communally made domestic ware.

You might be correct, Naomi, but factory made in Japan isn't always the same as factory made in the West, as they often have craftsmen making or throwing by hand and not always firing with electric kilns. On balance I do still stick with my original opinion.

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Post by NaomiM on September 20th 2015, 6:28 pm

Indeed. Looks more handmade compared to the 2 yunomis, which do look factory made.

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Post by alexlenehan on September 20th 2015, 6:41 pm

Adding a few teabowls Naomi!

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Post by Potty on September 20th 2015, 9:35 pm

NaomiM wrote:Indeed. Looks more handmade compared to the 2 yunomis, which do look factory made.

The Yunomi's are also handmade though, just in a factory type setting.

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