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    Posted 2 years ago

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    I found this set on an on line auction site for a surprisingly reasonable price, shipped from Japan. The vase is 10.5" high x 7" in diameter and weighs about 7 lbs and the ashtray is 5.5" high x 7" in diameter and weighs 2.5 lbs. The quality and finish of Kurata Craft Glass is very high, so I was surprised to find the the bottom had not been polished after grinding. I have no place to put this one, so it will go right into storage. I wanted a piece that had a good example of a Kurata label and this example just popped up. Karma? I hope this is not a symptom of an impending Japanese art glass addiction. I've actually started thinking about downsizing, but maybe I will do that by culling out anything that is not both interesting and beautiful. I have a lot of really interesting stuff since I like to do research, but a lot of it is not exactly beautiful. Liking variety is something of a curse....

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my Kurata vase and ashtray!

    2. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my latest addiction, er, addition fortapache and MALKEY!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks aura!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Looking at many label examples on the internet trying to figure out when this set was manufactured, and noted that this vase was made in many beautiful colors. Wow. It seems a bit unlikely that this set could be very old as it has survived as a set with the box.... This is the only example of an ashtray in this style that I could find... Maybe Karen can help me with dating this one.. Is there a dearth of information about the history of Kurata glass?

    5. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you, Gillian!
    6. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      Kurata Pearl Series, circa 1970s. Gorgeous find Kevin, and it's likely it has never been out of it's box. These usually come with an ashtray not the lovely handled bowl you have.
      I often date my Japanese glass from the box and this one is def 70s. You might note the box also say Joetu Crystal Glass Co, which is a spelling/translation error.
      It should be Joetsu, not Joetu. Joetsu is the region that Kurata Glass is from, and JCG is actually the proper company name. Kurata is the family name and a sales name.
      Sorry, probs too much info but I'm excited! Just a quick note re the making of the vase and bowl: they have been made in a centrifugal mould. The glass is put in the mould and it is spun to give the shape and the frills. Cool hey.
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the information and comments, Karen! You can never have too much information, I say. Interesting Japanese take on a "swung" vase. I have an art collection web site, and I may create a Japanese glass page and start documenting some history and characteristics of Japanese glass and glass makers, if I don't find a comprehensive site. That will help me to remember what I find. Right now, information is scattered all over the Internet. I will definitely seek your input, if I do that.
    8. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you Ms.CrystalShip!

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