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Japanese Pottery705 of 1261Kutani, Original Aochibu Pattern, Meiji/Taisho Era, 35 pieces. Circa 1908Japanese Somayaki Hashirigoma Japanese "Aohibi" pottery - 1950s?
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    Posted 5 years ago

    artfoot
    (365 items)

    These miniature vases seemed to be in every head shop and gift shop in Southern California during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The dramatic glazes lent themselves well to the tie-dyed psychedelia of the era.

    The vases vary in size - the tallest is 4 1/2" (11.2 cm) tall, most are between 2" and 3" tall (5.5 - 7.5 cm) and the shapes seem very related to traditional Japanese pottery, just miniaturized. There is also a long history of flambe type glazes in Japanese pottery, so these are sort of a modern mass-produced updating of these traditions.

    The vases are porcelain and are given a solid color base coat over which the multi-color flambe glaze is poured. Specific complimentary flambes were used for each base color. The base colors are purple, rose, green, blue, and brown - there may be others.

    The only piece I have with a permanent mark has only a generic "Japan" mark. Several of the others have paper labels, also without any identifying information. I once saw one of these with an Asahi label but have been unable to make any connection so I have no good idea who made these vases. I'd bet someone is working on it.

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    Comments

    1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      thank you artfoot! i have several of them too and like them very much!
    2. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      How beautiful are they as collections - gorgeous vases.
    3. artfoot artfoot, 5 years ago
      Thanks to all for the comments and loves.
    4. inky inky, 5 years ago
      Love the way you have displayed them...:-)
    5. Teevo421 Teevo421, 2 years ago
      These are way cooler than most Hippie's..
      And that's coming from a Hippie.
      Nice collection. I'm going to keep and eye open for those now.

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