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Seto(瀬戸) in Northern Aichi prefecture is synonymous with ceramics in Japan. Seto has a long history of ceramics. In Japan, the term Setomono (lit. Seto’s things) means ceramics. During the Edo period, Tamakichi Kato, brought new methods of ceramic production to Seto and founded his own style. Eventually the clan of Owari became his patrons which allowed his style to flourish. As such, he is considered to be the father of Seto ceramics.

We posted on a pot from the Owari Seto period a few weeks back.  You might read that article if you missed it.

So this summer Akio arrived from Japan and just happened to bring with him a nice Seto period pot.

Antique Seto Period Japanese Bonsai Pot

Antique Seto Period Japanese Bonsai Pot

I spent at least 30 minutes studying this pot, but had already selected two 150 year old Chinese pots to purchase. So I gently placed it back into its kiro-bako and paid for the other pots and left. To my surprise, when picking up the two Chinese pots, KJ had quietly purchased this pot for our collection and presented it to me. She is so thoughtful and observant – having noticed the amount of time I had studied the pot she felt it would be a great gift.  It was don’t you think?

The pot is quite unusual in that most of these pots were round rather than rectangular.  It is painted on four sides and measures 18 x 14 x 10 cm.

Antique Seto Period Japanese Bonsai Pot

Antique Seto Period Japanese Bonsai Pot

The designs on the pot including the feet are very well done.  It is quite an old pot as can be evidenced by the patina on the inside and outside of this porcelain pot.

Update:  Thanks to Josef as he provided a photograph of a display in Japan using a pot that is quite similar but not exactly the same.  It does show how the pot can be used for a bonsai display. Thanks Josef!

Shohin display with a Seto Bonsai Pot

Shohin display with a Seto Bonsai Pot

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