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Small sauce bowl by Genemon Tatebayashi VI, Japan

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Japanese Pottery177 of 1275Japanese tsurukubi vase, 1950s-1960s.Small footed bowl or cup, Japan
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    Posted 1 year ago

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    This small sauce bowl is 3.5" in diameter and 1" high. It is hand painted on the top and sides and is signed on the bottom by Genemon Tatebayashi VI, a sixth generation master potter who died suddenly in his early sixties in November 1989. I am not certain what is depicted in the bottom of the bowl, some kind of bean or nut? Probably a clue to the use of this bowl. Just $4 and a very small piece, so I couldn't pass it up.

    Genemon Tatebayashi VI

    Arita is the pottery of Saga Prefecture in Japan, this bowl was made by the Master Potter Genemon Tatebayashi the sixth generation of master potters of the Genemon kiln of Arita, one of the most prosperous Arita kilns. The three Emon of Arita are Kakiemon, Imaemon and Genemon. As Master Potters, they are those with the highest evaluations of any potter in Arita. The sixth Genemon Tatebayashi passed away suddenly in November 1989 without naming a successor. There was a lengthy article in the New York times when he passed.

    Some 260 years have passed since Gen-emon kiln was established in Zemeki, Arita. Throughout those long years, Gen-emon kiln has preserved the tradition of Old Imari by producing beautiful porcelain which has attracted people of various times to Gen-emon. During its long history, there have been hard times such as the Meiji restoration and World War II. However, Gen-emon kiln was designated as an authorized kiln to produce artistic porcelain. Under those circumstances, Gen-emon V devoted himself to studying industrial ceramic arts, and he succeeded in maintaining the tradition of Arita porcelain by improving conventional techniques and designs.

    Coming through the postwar confusion, Gen-emon VI expanded the traditional techniques of Gen-emon kiln further by developing and producing restaurant tableware as well as artistic porcelain. Later, he shifted his emphasis, and he started producing household tableware. He wanted to make the beauty of Old Imari more available in household tableware in order to encourage more beautiful and creative lifestyles. Thus he dedicated his life to the restoration of Old Imari by seeing household tableware through new eyes.

    Gen-emon Kiln Style

    The characteristic styles of Gen-emon kiln, which are highly regarded both in Japan and abroad, can be seen in its present products. One can see the simple, but free and easy style of Early Imari, plus the brilliant and dignified style of Exported Imari, which requires skillful brushwork. In addition, an original Gen-emon style based on the Imari styles has been established which successfully reflects contemporary tastes.

    The outstanding feature of Gen-emon kiln is that each product is formed and painted by hand, utilizing the traditional techniques of Arita porcelain. Because the difficulty of firing porcelain requires perfect work in each process, a specialized systematic process was developed here in Arita. In porcelain production, it is necessary for individual artisans to do their best work in their own areas of expertise. Areas of expertise include throwing, painting, glazing, and firing with everyone giving great attention to the materials. Gen-emon kiln uses unique clay, glaze, fuel Japanese red pine, and pigments. Gen-emon kiln porcelain is the culmination of creativity and effort involving the entire kiln.

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thanks for taking a look at my Genemon bowl fortapache, dlpetersen and Watchsearcher!
    2. Newfld Newfld, 1 year ago
      Beautiful bowl with lovely design & thanx for the great history, very interesting info Kevin
    3. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thanks for you comments Jenni! The New York Times article is pretty interesting, but requires a subscription to view. I could not find out if there was ever a Genemon VII, though the kiln is still active.

      Thanks for taking a look at my Genemon bowl Thomas, Jenni and MALKEY!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thanks aura and Kevin!
    5. antiquerose antiquerose, 1 year ago
      Wow.......just amazing !
    6. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thanks antiquerose! A lot of effort was put into this little bowl.

      Thanks for taking a look at my small bowl Thomas and antiquerose!
    7. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 year ago
      It’s the pain-staking art done by hand that amazes me...
      You just don’t see this kind of work that often...thank you for sharing Kevin!
    8. apostata apostata, 1 year ago
      nice and well at least you got the right shiho-zan tomobako so you deserve the shiho titel ( insiders compliment )
    9. apostata apostata, 1 year ago
      by the way there is a wucai emission of this artist
    10. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thanks Eileen! A lot effort went into making this little bowl. I agree, it is hard to comprehend that it is all hand painted.

      Thanks apostata! I looked many Genemon tomobako to confirm that it was correct for the piece before I bought it! I don't understand what "wucai emission of this artist" means! I understand the difference between doucai and wucai. Is it related to that?

    11. apostata apostata, 1 year ago
      LOT 422

    12. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thanks apostata! It is pretty small for a vase, though. Do you know what the design on the inside bottom is? I still wonder if that is not a clue as to its purpose?
    13. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thank you ho2cultcha!
    14. apostata apostata, 1 year ago
      sorry i did not activate my email square

      for wucai see name plus leonardauction com

      and i am not familiair with the inner design of the bowl
    15. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thanks apostata!
    16. kwqd kwqd, 8 months ago
      Thanks for the re-love, apostata!

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