"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Sunday, April 17, 2016

I'm Turning Japanese

As the song says...  I love oriental pottery.  Japanese, Korean and Chinese are personal favs with such a long, rich history.  How did they come up with the glazes and techniques so long ago?  


Anyway.  It's your head tilted not my picture.  I was rummaging through boxes of old pottery that I have not previously sold and has been packed away so long, I forgot it was there.  I came across this large vase with markings on the bottom, the only one I could make out was Nippon.  The Nippon (Japan's name) mark was used from 1891 - 1921.

I love this vase and have decided to keep it.  Fuji is a favorite of mine and the landscape goes around the entire vase.  The other vases are old and marked cheaply - some English, Spanish and I don't know what.  Pottery is kind of like jewelry and silver; there are just too many marks to look up.  I hope they sell as they are all very old and in good condition.

27 comments:

  1. You have such eclectic interesting pieces Donna..
    This is regal!

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    1. A nice find Monique after being boxed away for a decade or more. I might take a couple more back home if they don't sell soon as they are really pretty.

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  2. It's your head tilted--that's a good one. I wonder what's in the picture or wood panel beside it.

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    1. I don't know how in the world both pics I took were crooked. It is antique still-life oil painting from France with lemons and iris on a red and white tablecloth. A keeper I don't know where to put but it does go with the colors of the vase.

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  3. Sorry to bring the tone down, Donna, but 'I think I'm turning Japanese' was a coded message about female orgasm - the expression one is supposed to take on etc...

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    1. Never really listened to the song; just a catchy title the kids used to listen to on MTV. So, let me get this, a female looks Japanese when orgasmic? Learn something new everyday.

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    2. Apparently. I've never witnessed it.

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  4. Tom, you are the king of the comeback so I dare not even try and top you.

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  5. I am constantly awed by the art (and science) of early China and Japan in particular. Love that vase.
    And learnt something new about the 'I think I am turning Japanese' song.

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    1. Though I'll never go, there are many places in the Orient I'd like to see. The samurai culture slays me as do the Chinese emperors and all their art. Learned about the song too. I was thinking two Japanese posts in a row. I always used to tell these little phrases to my kids, like, there's gonna be big trouble in little China, or the blog title. Who knew (besides Tom of course)?

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  6. After the two recent strong earthquakes in Japan, and the weekend shake in Equador, looking at the tranquil beauty of your ceramic jar is a reminder of how art transcends time.

    (Tom wrote before I did. You are right about his repartee excellence.)

    xo

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    1. Tom can think faster than I can read Frances. Some people are just so good at the quick comeback. I think it's a natural talent. Terrible earthquakes around the ring of fire and so large. Wonder why much smaller ones in different parts of the world cause so much more calamity? A box is shipping out to you tomorrow. I'll be back in the city before it arrives, but let me know how you liked the little 'surprises'.

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  7. What beautiful finds you have collected.
    It is a beautiful vase.

    cheers, parsnip

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  8. It is a beautiful piece. I'd keep it too. So is all this stuff you have collected over the years or did you have an antique store?

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    1. Had some booths, but I used to do Round Top, (actually Marburger Farm in Round Top) and have lots of things left after I quit going. It just got to be too hard hauling a trailer full of stuff all the way down there and an outdoor show. That, and trying to downsize. Things I thought I'd keep forever, but now just about everything is up for grabs.

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    2. I've never been to Round Top. I had heard that you could get some good deals but that's all in the past. People are proud of their stuff.

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  9. I do hope you keep it. Obviously to beautiful to sell.

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    1. Going to for now Michelle. There is stuff in my booth though that I thought I'd never get rid of though. So...

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  10. You are discovering some great things that you have packed away. It is a lovely piece. Sarah x

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  11. The more I look at that vase the more beautiful it becomes Donna.

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    1. The painted parts of the glaze are raised and with its large size, I just decided to keep it. That and I am enamored with Japan.

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  12. What a gorgeous vase. I wouldn't part wit it either Donna. Love the art work. Such lovely colors.

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  13. What a gorgeous vase. I wouldn't part wit it either Donna. Love the art work. Such lovely colors.

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  14. What a gorgeous vase. I wouldn't part wit it either Donna. Love the art work. Such lovely colors.

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    1. I have found an old Imari platter and a beautiful ginger jar I forgot about in the box. Have a little Japanese tableau going. Thanks Deb.

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