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Japanese Pottery35 of 1275Satsuma vase by Kinji Sei KanVintage fine bone china made in Japan, orange gold polychrome luster transferware, 5.5" small plate saucer dish
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    Posted 6 months ago

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    This sake set consists of two tokkuri and five ochocko. All are marked, but I have not yet identified which kiln made them. The tokkuri are 4.25" high x 3.5" in diameter and the ochoko are 1.25" high x 2" in diameter. The set came in the original box. It was purchased in Japan as a souvenir in the 1980s but never used.

    There are a lot of textures involved in this set. There are splashes of greenish glaze on the rims of all the pieces and a gray splotch on the bottom of each cup where a kiln mark was placed. The body of the rest of the pieces are rough looking but feel smooth with a matte finish. The cups are almost eggshell thin, except for the bases, which are thicker. There is a variation color from reddish brown to yellow.

    I like this set much more than I thought I would. Purchased from an on line auction site, the set looked interesting but somewhat clumsily made and finished, which was attributable to the seller's images. It was inexpensive, to start with, but I made them an offer about 1/3 less than their asking price and they accepted. Shipping was cheap and the seller is in the state where I live, so delivery was fast.

    I am a bit off of glass and pottery as I have experienced a lot of breakage in shipping, so waiting for my purchases is always a nail biter. That is not the case with Japanese metal work, where I have experienced no significant damage. About the time I bought this set, I went on a minor ochocko binge and bought another loose set of two ochocko and a boxed studio piece, both from Japan. Both are on the way as I write this. BTW Japan Post sucks. The tracking information is very poor and it is slower than DHL. If you have a choice, use DHL.

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 6 months ago
      Thanks for loving my latest sake set aura, Searching1, Jenni, fortapache, Watchsearcher, Cisum and Kevin!
    2. racer4four racer4four, 5 months ago
      I have only teetered on the edge of the Japanese pottery rabbit hole Kevin but I see you have fallen right in. It's a very tempting place for me.
      There is just so much to learn and admire about their pottery. This set is a perfect example of how pieces that initially seem rustic and simple are in fact extremely delicate and deliberately designed.
    3. kwqd kwqd, 5 months ago
      Thanks for your comment, Karen. Yeah, I have been staring up at that small circle of blue sky from the bottom of my Japanese pottery hole for quite some time. Sigh.

      Thanks for loving my latest sake set Manikin, Daisy1000 and blunderbuss2!
    4. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 5 months ago
      Kevin, wonderful set! They do look “rough” to the finish but as you say are smooth to the touch. That is great craftsmanship,
      My Son buys from Japan all the time, and has no problem. It’s Portugal that’s insane. My Son sent a package to a friend there in April and he received it in July!!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 5 months ago
      Yikes! That is some sloooowwww shipping, Eileen! Yes, this is a really well made set. I hope to discover which kiln made it...

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