Posted 4 years ago
So I remain confused about the difference in uses of Asian ceramics. Can't tell by size or decor, it seems, and within certain uses there are different sizes as well. I say this because I asked a Japanese group whether the item in the first photo could be classified as a half cylinder tea cup, and they responded, in a rather sniffy tone, the term half cylinder applied to tea bowls. Oh tea bowls. Of which apparently mine is not. lol. American cups are fairly easy to classify, tea cups, demitasse, coffee cups, mugs. Whereas Asian ceramics are with handles, without handles, rough, smooth, big, small, smallish, smaller. Some for tea, some for sake, some for condiment. From what I've seen chocolate and coffee are Westernized. So I don't know what these could be classified by, as far as use. Sized from tallest to shortest:
#1, handleless, 5" x 2 1/2. Stamped Made in Japan off to the right side on the base in red ink.
#2, handleless, Blue Phoenix, 3". Stamped Made in Japan off to the right side on the base in black (or dark blue) ink.
#3, handleless, looks like sumo wrestlers, IDed here on CW as Kutani, c.40s. 3" across. Stamped Made in Japan in red ink around a diamond with the letters M.I. enclosed.
#4, handleless, wren on dogwood, 2 3/4" x 1 1/2". Stamped Made in Japan in red ink.
What are your thoughts, opinions, my friends? Thanks for looking.