Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Japanese tsurukubi vase, 1950s-1960s.

In Asian > Japanese Pottery > Show & Tell.
Japanese Pottery212 of 1308Found this in a thrift storeSmall sauce bowl by  Genemon Tatebayashi VI, Japan
Love it
Like it

Cokeman1959Cokeman1959 loves this.
Ms.CrystalShipMs.CrystalShip loves this.
blunderbuss2blunderbuss2 loves this.
mp.kunstmp.kunst loves this.
dlpetersendlpetersen loves this.
fortapachefortapache loves this.
Vynil33rpmVynil33rpm loves this.
MALKEYMALKEY loves this.
WatchsearcherWatchsearcher loves this.
racer4fourracer4four loves this.
auraaura loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
See 10 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 2 years ago

    (875 items)

    This Japanese tsurukubi, or crane necked, bud vase is 9.75" high x 3" at its widest. I bought this from a lady in Milwaukee whose father was stationed in Japan after WWII and whose uncle was stationed in Okinawa in the 1950s and 1960s. Both were collectors and she inherited their collections and is uncertain about which man owned this vase. The colors and shape just seemed very odd to me so I decided to add it to my pile, since it came with a tomobako. Maker unknown. The small white spot in one image in image 3 is a flaw in the glaze, not a damage.

    Update: October 2021. I found another example of this vase which included a card for Tachikichi an upscale Japanese department store. The writing and stamp on the tomobako of the Tachkichi vase is completely different from the first vase, though. I found three sources of information for Tachikichi; Wikipedia, Modern Japanese Pottery Marks Blog and the Tachikichi web site. Since their wares were popular as luxury gifts and the text on the tomobako of the two examples I found is different, it may be that these were gifts which is why the inscriptions are different. So, more information but the identity of the kiln that made the vases uncertain.

    "Tachikichi Corporation (??????? ???????????? kabushiki-gaisha tachikichi) is a Japanese pottery and porcelain manufacturer and seller[1] with more than 260 years of history. Its headquarters are located in the Shimogy?-ku ward of Kyoto.

    The company was first founded in the center of Kyoto in 1752 (Edo period), under the name of Tachibana-ya Kichibee (?????), in the vicinity of the intersection of Shij? and Tominokoji streets. In 1894, its 8th generation owner changed the business name to Tachikichi.[3]

    Its products, in particular as gifts, enjoyed great popularity, reaching sales of more than 20 billion yen during the Japanese asset price bubble period. However, in the period after the bubble collapsed the company experienced financial difficulties, due to a decline in sales of luxury products and pressure from cheaper products from abroad.

    The company continues to be a retailer of modern and traditional Japanese pottery and porcelain.[3] In February 2015 the company joined under the umbrella of major investment fund New Horizon Capital.[4] It was reported that the fund would invest approximately 1 billion yen to revitalize the administration and help preserve the legacy of a long standing traditional business."
    " TACHIKICHI (???) of Kyoto
    Tachikichi is a Kyoto based company that sells pottery and tableware. It was founded in 1752. Its wares are taken from many kilns throughout Japan, highlighting many types of Japanese porcelain and pottery. Tachikichi products are made specifically for them and carry the Tachikichi mark. Sometimes the name of the actual kiln will be on the wooden box, if it comes with one.

    TACHIKICHI brands include:
    Adam & Eve

    They sell products from various regions"

    Unsolved Mystery

    Help us close this case. Add your knowledge below.

    Japanese Pottery
    See all
    Fine Early 20th Century Japanese Sumida Gawa Tanker Mug
    Fine Early 20th Century Japanese Su...
    A Pair Of Meiji Satsuma Vases With Artists Mark To Base
    A Pair Of Meiji Satsuma Vases With ...
    LRG19th c. Chinese Qing Dynasty Gu Beaker Underglaze blue porcelain Phoenix vase
    LRG19th c. Chinese Qing Dynasty Gu ...
    Fine Early 20th Century Japanese Sumida Gawa Tanker Mug
    Fine Early 20th Century Japanese Su...
    See all


    1. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      I would have picked that too!
      Great shape as you say Kevin but I also love the soft colouring.
    2. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks Karen! I've never seen anything like this. I hope I can find out who made it...

      Thanks for loving my Japanese stoneware vase MALKEY, Watchsearcher, Thomas, Karen, aura, Kevin and Jenni!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for taking a look Vynil33rpm!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks fortapache!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for taking a look at my Japanese bud vase, dlpetersen!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for taking a look mp.kunst!
    7. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 years ago
      Love the long neck on this beautiful vase!
      The colors...warm and inviting!
    8. apostata apostata, 2 years ago
      strange cant find the tomobako , have to consult my cargo lists, i think i don,t find this
    9. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks Eileen. I am going to post more pictures, soon. Pretty interesting vase.

      Thanks for taking time to research the tomobako, apostata! I appreciate it!

      Thanks for loving my Japanese bud vase Eileen and blunderbuss2!
    10. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Posted new images....
    11. rhineisfine rhineisfine, 2 years ago
      Very pleasing! The colours are indeed most striking. The shape is tsurukubi, or in English, a "crane neck" vase, a classic (and graceful) style. Unfortunately I can't make out the handwriting on the tomobako well enough to take a stab at what it says.
    12. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for your comments and the information you shared, rhineisfine! Too bad some of these artists had such poor penmanship!
    13. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my vase Cokeman1959!
    14. kwqd kwqd, 7 months ago
      Still a mystery but a bit more information.

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.