When not in use it was carefully stored in a display cabinet. 7 bowls on a Lazy Susan tray. Center bowl measures 5 1/4" x 1 1/2" 6 surrounding bowls measure 6" x 3 1/2" x 1 1/2. Lazy Susan measures 13 1/2" x 4". There are no chips or cracks in the bowls.Underglaze, flowers, and gilt are all beautiful with no rubbing or fading. Lazy Susan is made of wood and painted black. Small spots of chipped paint only on the base/pedestal caused by normal use. Chipped paint can be easily touched up if desired. KUTANI HISTORY: The word Kutani means Nine Valleys and is the name of an area and a village.
The two characters that make up the word Kutani consist of the character for "nine", ku and "valley". Since Kutani is a place, almost all pieces marked Kutani were decorated there even if by any of the many manufacturers or trading shops, rather than just a single factory.
Porcelain decorators familiar with the Kutani style could also move around so as an example we can sometimes find pieces marked Yokohama & Kobe with decoration in typical Kutani style. Many Kutani made pieces might also have just the artist's as a mark, and no location at all, leading us to also look at style as a clue to the origin of a piece. The first time the world heard of porcelain from the Kutani (nine valleys) Village was in 1655, in the in the first year of the Myoreki epoch. Japanese ceramic history has it that stones suitable for porcelain making was found in the Kutani mine of the Daishoji Clan, whereupon Lord Maeda Toshiharu sent Goto Saijiro to the Arita Village in the Hizen province to learn how to make porcelain. Kutani Porcelains from this early period are specifically called Ko-Kutani and are extremely rare.
The production of this ware continued for about 50-60 years. A while back John Wocher commented on Kutani marks: First of all, ceramic artists, like physicians, have incredibly poor penmanship, and a great number of markings remain illegible.There are seven styles of writing, and all seven can be written illegibly if one tries hard enough. They are: Sosho style, Giosho style, Kaisho style, Reisho style, Hiragana (phonetic), Katagana (phonetic for foreign words), and Romaji (Romanized alphabet, such as "Made in Japan"). Many of the characters used in Meiji and before are no longer in use. You can't even assume that the Japanese themselves can read the markings.
My guess is that 80%+ cannot. When Chinese style seals are used, all bets are off, and these remain among the most difficult to comprehend.Japanese writing can be left to right, right to left, horizontal, or vertical, but not diagonal. Markings can be in almost any color, with red dominating Kutani, but black on green, and gold on red are common also.
The mark can be incised, impressed, underglaze, over glaze, or in magic marker. They can be centered, off center, in a circle, in a square, in a double square, in a rectangle, stand alone, and can appear on the reverse or the front of a piece, or in both places simultaneously. The mark might be a place, a name of a person, artist, potter, a shop, a kiln, some marks are pictures and not words, or none of the above.The number of ways that'Kutani' can be written, legibly and illegibly, will cause your calculator to go into scientific notation. On the interpretations, there are at least two readings for each Kanji (Chinese character), one being the Chinese reading, and the other being the Japanese reading and interpretation. Many artist names end with Zan (or in Japanese, Yama, both meaning mountain).
Presumably when they become famous, they seem to take this kind of pen name. Bizan, Shizan, Seizan, Kyozan, Kinzan, and Kyokuzan, just to name a few, come to mind. Sometimes their fame was not long lasting.
Many also have the same names, which further adds to the confusion. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.. The item "1950's Hand Painted Kutani Lazy Susan Dip N Chip Snack Party Tiffany Blue Bowls" is in sale since Monday, October 23, 2017. This item is in the category "Home & Garden\Kitchen, Dining & Bar\Dinnerware & Serveware\Bowls". The seller is "via_veritas" and is located in Montrose, California.
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