Flower vessel, Vase, Purple red cinnabar, Gourd shape - Shinemon kiln, Arita war
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Flower vessel, Vase, Purple red cinnabar, Gourd shape
Arita ware flower vase
Work by Shinemon kiln
Purple red cinnabar, gourd shape
Size: φ19 × H24.5(cm)
Material: Amakusa porcelain clay
About this piece
This masterpiece is a modern revival of the cinnabar glaze, a red vase enclosed by the Chinese emperors of the ancient absolute monarchy.
It is said that in ancient times, the Chinese emperors used cinnabar-glazed works to entertain their important guests.
Cinnabar glaze is a porcelain art with an extremely low success rate and there is even a saying, “Don't fire cinnabar glaze if you want to be wealthy”.
The cinnabar glaze (copper glaze secret), which is also called jewel-red inspired by the vivid ruby color.
The clear, elegant and refined red color of Shinemon, which is reflected in the traditional white porcelain of Arita, is close to natural color and is called the most beautiful red in the world of ceramics.
Among them, this piece is the supreme cinnabar, “Purple Red Cinnabar”, in which the gem-red cinnabar glaze is colored purple, also known as jewel red, in the shape of a gourd like a noble and beautiful lady.
It signifies harmony and amity, and makes an ideal gift for loved ones.
The ruby color of Shinemon is full of mysterious power that raises the 'airiness' to a richer level when there is one in your living space.
Shinemon has revived the fantastic red vase enclosed by royalty in the past into the modern age.
It is an excellent work that will enrich your daily life while loving its unique colors and beauty of form.
Japanese traditional craft: Imari/Arita ware
After Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s military expeditions into the Korean peninsula at the end 16th century, many Korean potters were brought to Japan. One Korean potter discovered high-quality kaolin at Mt. Izumiyama in the Arita region (now Saga Prefecture) and succeeded in making Japan’s first porcelain. This was the birth of Arita ware.
Arita ware made great strides as an industry with the development of overglaze enameling techniques that added colors like red, gold, green, blue, and purple. It reached its peak in the late 17th century, with the wares being extensively exported to Europe and the Middle East. Back then, since the porcelain was being shipped out from the port town of Imari, they came to be known as Imari ware.
Exports later declined, but production for the domestic market continued, especially for tableware and ornamental items. Today, Arita remains one of the most prominent porcelain-producing regions in Japan. Arita ware is known for its milky white base and colorful overglaze decorations, and its production is based on a division of labor, with each step in the process being performed by highly-skilled artisans.
Imari/Arita ware was designated as a Traditional Craft of Japan in 1977
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