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Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Sake Bottle

c. 1950 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Sake bottle (tokkuri) of stoneware. The body narrows towards the neck at a height of approximately 10 cm. and the neck everts towards the irregularly shaped lip. Strongly built footring of irregular width. The body is greyish-brown in colour where visible on the foot. Apart from the base of the footring the bottle is completely covered in a slighlty crackled and much pitted creamy white glaze of irregular thickness.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Stoneware with off-white glaze
Brief Description
Sake bottle (tokkuri), stoneware with crackled and pitted creamy white glaze of irregular thickness; made by Arakawa Toyozo (1894-1985), Japan (Kani, Gifu prefecture), about 1950; Japan, modern crafts, studio, ceramics
Physical Description
Sake bottle (tokkuri) of stoneware. The body narrows towards the neck at a height of approximately 10 cm. and the neck everts towards the irregularly shaped lip. Strongly built footring of irregular width. The body is greyish-brown in colour where visible on the foot. Apart from the base of the footring the bottle is completely covered in a slighlty crackled and much pitted creamy white glaze of irregular thickness.
Dimensions
  • Width: 9.5cm
  • Height: 16.1cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
Potter's mark above footring
Object history
Provenance: Christies, London 5th December 1979; given to the mother of the vendors by the artist (previously included in but did not sell at the Christies sale from which FE.135-1978 (Arakawa Toyozo) and FE.136-1978 (Kitaoji Rosanjin) were purchased).
Historical context
Arakawa was the first potter to be designated a Living National Treasure, in 1955
Production
Factory: Hoshigaoka kiln.
Bibliographic References
  • Gisela Jahn & Anette Petersen-Brandhorst, 'Erde und Feuer, Traditionelle Japanische Keramik der Gegenwart' (Munich, 1984), pp.186 - 187
  • Roberts, Laurance P. A Dictionary of Japanese Artists Tokyo: Weatherhill, 1976, p. 5.
  • obit (August 11, 1986) in 'Japan Foundation Newsletter', 13.4
Collection
Accession Number
FE.14-1979

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record createdFebruary 12, 2000
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