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Post by CityPotter November 23rd 2021, 2:29 pm

Hi all.

It's been suggested to me that this is probably japanese. There is no discernable makers stamp but there is an incised mark to the base which I can't make out. Possible a kiln mark or shorthand makers mark. Shape and style are fiarly distinctive. Has anybody got any suggestion regarding region/origin/maker please?

Thanks

Gavin

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Post by studio-pots November 24th 2021, 11:11 pm

There are things about it, such as the mark, that suggested that it is Japanese. However, the shape doesn't really look like any Japanese shaped cups that I have come across and the foot doesn't look Japanese either.

I know that doesn't tell you much, except that it suggests it might be difficult to get any further unless someone has something similar and knows the source.

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Post by NaomiM November 24th 2021, 11:55 pm

The decoration has Japanese elements, and the foot looks Japanese to me; the photo doesn’t show it very well but I think there’s a point in the middle which is a technique seen on some Japanese pieces. The mark looks Japanese. The shape is not traditionally Japanese but current generations of Japanese potters are less hide bound, so I think it’s a recent piece.

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Post by studio-pots November 25th 2021, 11:47 am

The glaze decoration does looks very Japanese (often seen in Karatsu wares) and Naomi is correct about the current Japanese potters being less constricted by tradition. I am told by an American potter that I know that lives in Japan that she is quite shocked that there are many potters there copying Lucie Rie's work rather than their own tradition. However, that's another story.

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Post by NaomiM November 25th 2021, 1:31 pm

The Leach St Ives Gallery in Japan has exhibitions of Japanese slipware that are very 19thC English in style.
And I buy from a Bangkok based seller of Japanese wares who has quite a range of non-traditional shapes

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