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Sake flask, old or new, western or Japanese...

Post by alexlenehan on November 17th 2015, 6:56 pm

I purchased this kabura tokkuri online thinking it was an antique Japanese example. Now I have it in hand I am not so sure, I don't recognize the glaze, other than the fact that it is wood fired and the grey clay isn't what I would expect. I'd love to hear the thoughts of the board. Western or Japanese? Also, is it even old? It feels old but that may just be an aspect of the wood firing.

Thanks for your help,

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Re: Sake flask, old or new, western or Japanese...

Post by NaomiM on November 17th 2015, 7:12 pm

Could be wrong, but it looks to me to be by a studio potter influenced by Japanese Bizen wares or similar, but I don't think it's Japanese. More likely to be by a potter local to you.

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Post by Potty on November 17th 2015, 7:21 pm

Looks like Raku with a Lustre finish to me, I'm not seeing the Bizen connection to be honest.

Probably a potter not too far from you though.

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Post by NaomiM on November 17th 2015, 8:36 pm

My bad, I didn't recognise it as raku. Can see it now. I think you're right, potty.

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Post by Potty on November 17th 2015, 8:37 pm

NaomiM wrote:My bad, I didn't recognise it as raku. Can see it now. I think you're right, potty.

Probably due to the strong lighting Most Excellent

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Re: Sake flask, old or new, western or Japanese...

Post by alexlenehan on November 17th 2015, 10:03 pm

Thanks so much guys, western style raku makes absolute sense and gives us a post 1950s date. Your help has been invaluable!

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