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Japanese Pottery173 of 1312Kutani tokkuri bird flaskJapanese tea set
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    Posted 2 years ago

    kwqd
    (877 items)

    This little sake flask (tokkuri) is 6" high x 2.5" at its widest. It has the generic Kutani mark in a square on the base, plus some sort of production code in Arabic numerals. The mark supposedly dates to 1930s-1960s according to the link below. I had not seen this style of piece before and was not sure what its intended use was until I found a complete sake set with a similar shaped flask with bird and spout on top. I like that, though it is a really small piece, it is very busy with a lot of decoration on all sides. Someone spent a lot of effort on this decoration. I call it my bird spout flask because of the bird and what looks like a spout on the top but an auction on Etsy calls it a "whistling bird" flask.

    http://modernjapanesepotterymarks.blogspot.com/search/label/Kutani

    https://tinyurl.com/yxah8r28

    "Lithophanes occur almost exclusively on the bottoms of tea cups, with the occasional Sake cup set. This marking span from the late 1930's and into the late 1950's/early 1960's. Many thus dates to the Occupied Japan period (1945-52) and could have been made for the GI trade, why the US Customs "country of origin" rules would not apply. Many of this style were made in Nagoya area factories."

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you Jenni, Watchsearcher and PhilDMorris!
    2. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      So beautiful. Love the painting on these Kutani.
    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks Karen. The Japanese get an "A" for effort on pieces like this.

      Thanks for loving my Kutani sake bottle RichmondLori, Hoot60, Karen, Ben, aura, Kevin and fortapache!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my Kutani sake flask MarmorealMaiden!
    5. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      These used to be called 'whistling bird' bottles, don't see them much anymore, it was another Japanese variation of pieces made for export, under the novelty and amusing type of item category.
      Found one right here on this site:
      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/170234-whistling-bird-sake-bottle
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the love and information Lisa! I appreciate it!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my latest Kutani sake bottle Blammoammo!

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