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Japanese Pottery201 of 1275Noritake meoto yunomi set, 1975Japanese tea set
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    Posted 2 years ago

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    These meoto yunomi are larger than normal, with the husband cup about 5" high x 3" diameter and the wife cup 4.5" high x 2.5" diameter. They are very thin and it is easy to see the shadow of your fingers when holding them up to a light. What appears to be gold leaf was applied post manufacture over painted lines and figures and other places. The mark on the bottom is a generic Kutani mark so probably made in quantity by a kiln, but which one is uncertain. There is disagreement about when the mark dates to, pre- and/or post-WWII to 1960s? They have slight wear which shows they were used but not abused, no chips or cracks, but very minor paint loss and minor scratches to the paint. Thanks to truthordare for pointing out that the figures are probably the Seven Luck Gods with well known quotes. Pretty cheap and my first example of covered yunomi. Pretty happy with these. The only way it might be better is if there was a box. The seller had two sets of these, but I only bought one set.

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Beautiful porcelain set, the ancestral figures are so well painted with their golden accents. In great condition for age, nice find Kevin!
      - Jenni
    2. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 2 years ago
      Really pretty- if they were in my house they'd be turned into really nice biscuit/cookie jars :P
    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks Jenni! The artist did nice work. These probably qualify as folk craft since they are from an anonymous kiln.

      Thanks LaurenRedmond! Pretty small for cookies or biscuits. Maybe good for M&Ms!

      Thanks for looking at my yunomi aura, six-0-one, LaurenRedmond, Jenni, fortapache and Kevin!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      Nice covered yunomi there Kevin.
      I'm always amazed how many kilns in Japan, how good the work is, and how many are difficult to identify.
    5. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      Love these, I think the figures represent the Japanese folkloric 7 Gods of Good Fortune, 6 men and one woman. You can look them up, each one has it's special attributes, thanks for posting Kevin.
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for your comments Karen! Yeah, the Japanese do great pottery.

      Thanks for the information Lisa! One figure is indeed a woman! I will investigate!

      Thanks for loving my meoto yunomi Lisa, Karen, blunderbuss2 and Vynil33rpm!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks Thomas!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for your comments renedijkstra. The fellow in the link below claims to have seen the "squiggle in a square" "post war and pre-war through about the 1960s". Unfortunately, the host is no longer responding to emails, saying they have been overwhelmed by requests to identify makers of pottery. This may a generic enough topic for them to respond to, so I will see if they can provide more information.
    9. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      I have seen this mark on older pieces of Japanese porcelain, one of my Oriental Antique books written by 2 experts, also show it, in the Japanese Kutani mark section, as meaning TOZAN ARTIST (or decorated by Tozan).
    10. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      Is that a command? rene. I do not need to answer you.
    11. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      I really liked the link you provided Kevin, but it looks like it is no longer active since fall season of 2019. This is a shame as I would have liked to participate and offer some of my own marks and pieces. Thank you.
    12. sklo42 sklo42, 2 years ago
      renedijkstra never substantiates anywhere else either, just sayin'
    13. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      not Kozan but Tozan is what I wrote.

      This is another vintage set with the 7 lucky gods painted in a different style. For the poster.

      Another older Tozan or Touzan Kutani antique Vase. No mark but identifies as.

      KAKU? translates as "each, respectively, every, either" Misspelled?

      This is why I would rather use English terms when I discuss Oriental topics because either it is difficult for most people to understand the meaning, and it is also easy to confuse with Japanese words that can be used in several contexts.
    14. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      Here is a whole google image page of marks and pieces, several attributed to Tozan, I will not take a photo from my book to do this, as I feel it is not necessary.
    15. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the links, Lisa! Too bad the host of the Modern Japanese Pottery Marks blog ran out of time and energy to deal with all of the attention he got. Maybe he will get a second wind. It is still a great resource. He also reviews and recommends several books, some of which I have started to add to my library. Too bad there aren't a corresponding number of books on Japanese art glass...
    16. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      another document from that google page, very interesting history of Tozan and Toyoso artists and ceramic producers.
    17. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      I hear you Kevin, it's the luck of the draw. Someone decides to work on a reference project either in book form or internet website, for a topic dear to their hearts, and other subjects would sorely need the same attention.

      In fact I am surprised at all that is available now with Japanese ceramic marks. Very interesting, and useful even here for older posts that were never identified.
    18. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      This link below is taking me to a Dagwood and Blondie cartoon the reminds me I still have chores to do!

    19. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      Kevin, here is what I wanted to share in the link mix up. Doing two things at once is a bad idea.
    20. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you Branack!
    21. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the link Lisa. Now I am going to go finish my chores!
    22. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      You are welcome Kevin, I have chores too waiting for me, I can spend hours on the internet and if feels like 5 minutes. OOPS!

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