T-Minus 2 days and counting until the JETAANY Art Showcase and Auction! At this point, all the tickets are sold and the venue (the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence in NYC) and the volunteers have all been prepared for the big day! MadSilence the Older and Wiser has been kind enough to donate 3 pieces from his collection of “Made in Japan” Japanese export ceramics to be auctioned off for the benefit of the people affected by the Great Tohoku Earthquake. Here’s what we’re donating:
Ceramic figurine, Chinese coolie holding a covered basket, circa 1940s, marked “Made in Japan,” 6.25 inches tall. This delightful example of Japanese-made export ceramics probably served as a cigarette holder. Evocative of Japan’s influence upon Western design (Japonisme), the figurine’s Oriental theme and colorful shiny glazes proved popular in the United States, Europe and Britain. The finely molded ceramic body with skillfully applied glaze suggests this decorative piece was destined for the high-end export market. The Chinese coolie figure with pigtail and vest reflects the influence of Chinese culture upon the Japanese aesthetic.
Vase, ceramic, 5.25 inches tall, blue iridescent glaze, hand-painted flowers, circa 1940s, marked “Made in Japan.” This exquisite and diminutive ceramic vase is reminiscent of spring afternoons spent lolling in showers of cherry blossoms on the banks of Kanazawa’s Saigawa River. The iridescent finish, a product of mineral salts added to the potter’s glaze, augments the hand-painted flowers. The ceramic body is glazed with a single hue and sparsely decorated is faithful to the beauty and simplicity of the Japanese aesthetic. The use of floral design is an integral element of Japan’s decorative arts.
Porcelain two-handled soup bowl and saucer, “Geisha ware,” transfer design with hand painted colors and gilt accents. Unmarked but consistent with Japanese export pottery before 1940. This beautiful set features two women and two children frolicking in an idyllic Japanese landscape garden blooming with a profusion of botan (peony). The outlines of the figures are a transfer pattern, which was later painstakingly hand colored by artists. The women wear brilliantly colored furisode, or long-sleeved kimono. Note the delicate scrolled gilt-work that highlights their obi sashes, hair combs and fans. The underside of the saucer bears a black pock-mark cause by a piece of coal getting stuck in the glaze during firing, indicative of the small kiln in which it was made.
~MS the Younger