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Japanese Pottery170 of 1314Koransha porcelain chrysanthemum vase, ca 1930sJapanese thumbprint vase
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    Posted 2 years ago

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    The flask (tokkuri) from this set is 5.5" high x 2.25 bottom diameter and the cups (ochoko) are 1.75" high x 2" top diameter x 1.25" bottom diameter. One cup has a chip on the rim. There is writing on the front and back of the flask, two different words, which is repeated on each cup. Each cup has a "Made in Japan" label on it and the flask has a diamond shaped gold foil label which says "D C Japan". It is very high fired porcelain and sounds like glass when the pieces bump one another. This was a $1.99 Goodwill find a few weeks ago.

    The flask holds only 5 ounces (150 ml), so this is a very small sake set, indeed. Three of the cups hold as much as one of the sake cups I normally use. I have christened all of the cups but not the flask as I seldom drink even that small amount of sake at one sitting. I actually almost never use the flasks, pouring directly from the bottle into the cup, instead.

    At first, when I looked at it at GW, I thought is was exported from Japan by Otagiri, as the labels look somewhat similar. No idea who DC was, if they were a Japanese exporter or American importer. For $2 I couldn't pass this set up. I see nothing to suggest which kiln made this set. I have found very few pieces with this label and the few things I did find were Satsuma style porcelain which looked to date from the 1950s-1960s.

    Any information about this "DC Japan" label would be appreciated.

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you fortapache and Vynil33rpm!
    2. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you Jenni and Thomas!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks Kevin!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my newest sake set Eclector!
    5. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 years ago
      Beautiful black on white design!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for your comment Eileen. It is very functional too!

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