Japan KUTANI Tea Set Pine Bamboo & Plum Yoshidaya Style
Incredible hand-painted tea set from the Ishikawa region of Japan. It was this gorgeous earthenware feel to it!
Kutani-yaki is a distinctive Japanese porcelain style well known for its vibrant colors and striking designs covering most of the surface area of each piece.
There are some of the defining characteristics of different types of porcelain, such as Ko-Kutani-Fu (old Kutani line), Yoshidaya-Fu (Yoshidaya’s line), Aka-E (red Kutani line), and etc. The Yoshida-Fu ware is also called “Ao-Kutani (Blue Kutani)”. It usually uses the same five colors as Ko-Kutani (old Kutani), with the exception of red. Having a yellow background is also typical. The style of this piece is Yoshidaya’s line with characteristics of yellow background along with the ko-kutani’s five colors. Yoshidaya style is instantly recognizable by many Japanese as Kutani due to its unique color combinations, ‘Yoshida-ya’ is characterized by a base of vivid yellow and bright green, and is named after the biggest, most successful kiln of Edo-period, revival Kokutani (about 180 years ago)..
Kutani-Yaki is the porcelain made in Ishikawa. The two characters that make up the word Kutani consist of the character for "nine", ku and "valley". It’s named after the village, Kutani-Mura, where it was originally made in 1655. Its heavily overglazed, bold designs enjoyed huge popularity for the next few decades until closing suddenly in 1730. This period of production is referred to as Kokutani (Old Kutani) which is highly valued blue-green colors “iroe” pottery worldwide and is considered separate from the work of later years.
Later in 1807, with the Kasugayama-Gama kiln in Kanazawa opened and some other porcelain places re-opened in the Kaga region resulting in the fact Kutani-yaki was revived. The Kaga lord banned porcelain imports from other countries to boost the demand of the kutani ware in Japan. During this renaissance era, many styles of Kutani-Yaki were created, such as Kyo-Fu from Kasugayama-Gama, Arita-Fu from Wakasugi-Gama and Ko-Kutani-Fu from Yoshidaya-Gama. Several new overglaze painting techniques were developed that time and they continue to characterize the style to this day.
Most of the Kutani-yaki ware listed in our shop are produced by various prestigious local kilns in Ishikawa.
Dimension (cup): 3.35" x 3.35" x 2.36"
Weight: 1.98 lb
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