Posted 8 months ago
These yunomi are 3.5" high x 2.75" diameter and 3.25" high x 2.5" diameter and very thin and delicate. They came in the original box, which is pretty nice. These are supposedly "new old stock" but I am not sure how old, old is. One cup was slightly dirty and the box shows interior signs of use so guessing someone took these for a test drive. The seller thought the design was kiku leaves. These are my first pieces of Arita ware and are another meoto yunomi set for my collection, one larger for the husband and one smaller for the wife. My reading says they must be different sizes to be meoto yunomi, but not sure if that is a hard and fast rule.
"Arita ware (Japanese: ???, Hepburn: Arita-yaki) is a broad term for Japanese porcelain made in the area around the town of Arita, in the former Hizen Province, northwestern Ky?sh? island. It is also known as Hizen ware (???, Hizen-yaki) after the wider area of the province. This was the area where the great majority of early Japanese porcelain, especially Japanese export porcelain, was made.
In English usage "Arita ware" was traditionally used for the export wares in blue and white porcelain, mostly copying Chinese styles. The wares with added overglaze colours were called Imari ware or (a sub-group) Kakiemon. It is now recognized that the same kilns often made more than one of these types, and "Arita ware" is more often used as a term for all of them. The brightly coloured Kutani ware is another type that is now recognised as coming from around Arita as well as the Kutani itself, and "Kutani-type" is used as a stylistic description."