Where has the summer gone?  Our schedules have been exceedingly hectic these last few months as we are launching a new company and are in the process of building out the new iPad application and back end infrastructure.  But that is work so let’s talk about pots.

For any years we saw a number of highly painted pots but frankly we simply didn’t get it.  They certainly aren’t used much in shows in the US and frankly I’m not sure how much they are used elsewhere.  I think we purchased one painted pot about 4 years ago but that was pretty much the extent of it – until this year.

We acquired a Yusen pot, and still haven’t blogged about it yet, and our appreciation for finally drawn art on ceramics took quite a turn.  We were browsing through a few sites we look at and found this pot.  Very often we admire pots that are painted in red but this blue pot is quite stunning.

I’m going to assume this pot is Japanese but without a chop mark I’m not exactly sure.  We have seen other Japanese pots like this but more were round in shape.  The design of the pot is quite interesting with some very unusual feet, at least to us.

The design on the pot’s legs is very attractive and the transition from the main body of the pot to the feet have that nice transition white border with a blue squiggly line running horizontally which to us keeps the legs from standing out too much with the more solid blue background.

The delicacy of the painting is exquisite and we appreciate when it wraps around the pot in a continuous scene. This takes planning by the artist and this sample shows the talent and thoughtfulness in the layout. The light shading under the plant adds depth and some dimensionality to the painted scene.

As with many painted pots, the lip of the pot is also adorned. The pattern matches that of the feet as well. We have long been curious how they can make these kind of patterns perfectly match the length and width of the pot.  We are sure there is a potter’s trick but so far we haven’t read how it is done. If anyone knows, sharing that would be greatly appreciated.

Our experience is that a porcelain pot showing this level of patina indicates it is quite old; however, without an artist mark we have no other information to know how old the pot might be.  From the web site (s-cube) and using Google translate it appears to be an Owari Seto period pot and quite rare. This pot was priced at 450,000 yen and has sold.

After seeing this pot we were presented with one of similar age, also rectangular, and we hope to post on it soon.  It was a surprise gift from KJ and is a beautiful addition to our collection.