The Main Types of Under-Glaze Decorations in Japanese Porcelain
There are five main types of under-glaze decoration that were used in the Arita kilns: Blue and white, sometsuke in Japanese; Iron pigment, tetsue in Japanese; a copper-based glaze, shinshayu in Japanese; a technique wherein the image is rendered by leaving it impressed into the body of the piece; and using the clear over-glaze as […]
Identifying Japanese Porcelain Types: Arita, Imari and Hizen
It can be confusing to try to figure out the different types of ware and the different terms used with porcelain from the Arita area of Japan. The long history coupled with changes in terms can also confuse. The terms Arita and Imari are often used interchangeably. While not technically correct, one can hear the […]
Early Japanese Porcelain—the Beauty of ‘That which is Enough’
When looking at early- to mid-17th century porcelain from Europe and Asia, it is easy to think the level of technical craft in Japan was far behind the Europeans or other Asian countries. There is a primitive quality to the early- and mid-16th century pieces out of the Arita kilns that, on first glance, suggests […]
Chinese Export Porcelain’s Long Journey from Early China
By Lisa Marion WorthPoint Worthologist Many moons ago as a novice collector of porcelain, I thought that the phrase “Chinese Export Porcelain” meant to include all items imported from China and primarily copies or imitations of European and American pottery. After reading several articles and books on the subject, and having visited numerous decorative-arts museums […]
Highboys and Weathervanes Most Likely to Weather the Stormy Economy
For those of you who faithfully read this column, you know that my first column of the New Year is devoted to gazing at a crystal ball to make predictions about the world of antiques. Trying to figure out where the antique market is headed in 2009 isn’t an easy task considering the economic downturn […]
Porcelain Figurines: Antiques or Reproductions?
No one item is more misunderstood than porcelain figurines. The trouble starts, I suppose, from the fact that certain styles have been reproduced since European porcelain was made for the first time early in the 18th century. Often, we see pieces our clients are sure must be 200 years old, because they resemble pieces seen […]
‘Red Flag Law’ Figurine
‘Red Flag Law’ Figurine
By Dave Bausch
Automobilia art objects take several forms, some are made just for pleasure to the eye, but others were made to tell a story or help record a historic event. This art item was made to tell a story about “Red Flag Law.”
The 15th. of every month the Nara Antique Dealers auction takes place in Nara. It is a 4-6 hour event that sees the auctioning of hundreds of lots. This last Saturday these Shoki Imari soba chokos passed through. As a side note, even though they are now called soba chokos, in their time they were called chokus.
Japanese auction watch.
These items are coming up for auction at Kogirekai in Kyoto November 15th. and 16th.
The first item is a set of porcelain by Okura Japan. The set contains 10 types of items with a total of 38 pieces. 5 sets of cups and saucers among others. Minimum price is 1,200$