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Japanese Ceramics & Pottery

The Japanese have created ceramics and pottery since the Neolithic times. Many Japanese ceramics like porcelain pottery incorporated Chinese and Korean aesthetics. However, even after the height of porcelain popularity in the Eastern and Western world, Japan still maintained a preference for unglazed, imperfect, and raw earthenware that exhibited deliberate impressions of a maker’s hand.

The first earthenware in Japan, created around the 6th century B.C., was Jomon pottery These were characterized by hand coiled decorations and impressions. Jomon pottery was never made by wheel and solely formed by hand from stacking coils on top of coils, and later smoothing out parts of the surface. It wasn’t until the 3rd or 4th century that, with the arrival of the Chinese in Japan, the potter’s wheel makes an appearance in Japanese history.

In keeping with the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic, many Japanese potters and ceramists still rejected the use of the potting wheel in favor of imperfect and unfinished looking pieces. To emphasize this rough and raw quality, many of such Japanese ceramic works were very simply painted and minimally decorated.


Quick Facts

  • In order to fit a more heavy duty workload, the Japanese tended to avoid glazing ceramic ware for funerals, food storage, and kitchen pots. The few that were glazed were most often coated in one simple awaji green color
  • Seto-mono, later becoming known as the generic standard of ceramic pottery, imitated Chinese pottery and glazing techniques using ash, iron black, feldspar white, and copper green glazes
  • Japanese Raku pottery is also particularly popular and well-known to this day. Developed in the 1500s for ceremony and Buddhism, it is characterized by metallic-colored glazes and many small cracks created by rapid changes in temperature. These cracks are valued as part of the beauty of the ceramic object

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OLD Early Large Japanese NIPPON Blue and White Flower Jar, marked on the inside lid. 17th-18th century
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
OLD Early Large Japanese NIPPON Blue and White Flower Jar, marked on the inside lid. 17th-18th century
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $100- $20,000
$503 Bids
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Vintage Japanese Porcelain Bonsai Trays
Dec 16, 11:00 AM PST
Vintage Japanese Porcelain Bonsai Trays
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $50- $60
$252 Bids
Japanese Porcelain
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Japanese Porcelain
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$52 Bids
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Vintage Japanese Porcelain Jars
Dec 16, 11:00 AM PST
Vintage Japanese Porcelain Jars
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $50- $60
$201 Bid
Vintage Japanese Decorated Stoneware Saki Bottle
Dec 17, 7:00 PM EST
Vintage Japanese Decorated Stoneware Saki Bottle
by Tunicks Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $300
$101 Bid
Japanese Ceramic Water Droppers H 1.5'' L 3.7'' 2 pcs
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Japanese Ceramic Water Droppers H 1.5'' L 3.7'' 2 pcs
by DuMouchelles
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
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Antique/Vintage Japanese Covered Jar
Dec 16, 11:00 AM PST
Antique/Vintage Japanese Covered Jar
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $50- $60
$201 Bid
10 PIECE LOT OF JAPANESE CERAMICS OF VARIOUS VINTAGES AND STYLES
Dec 10, 12:00 PM EST
10 PIECE LOT OF JAPANESE CERAMICS OF VARIOUS VINTAGES AND STYLES
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $200- $250
$500 Bids
Japanese Jardiniere Hibachi planter
Dec 18, 10:00 AM PST
Japanese Jardiniere Hibachi planter
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $200- $300
$1800 Bids
Japanese Jardiniere Hibachi planter
Dec 18, 10:00 AM PST
Japanese Jardiniere Hibachi planter
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $250- $350
$2250 Bids
Japanese Brush Pot in Blue and White
Dec 18, 10:00 AM PST
Japanese Brush Pot in Blue and White
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $900- $1,200
$7000 Bids
OLD Rare Large Japanese Jar with figurines, Meiji period
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
OLD Rare Large Japanese Jar with figurines, Meiji period
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $300- $500
$500 Bids
OLD Large Japanese Pitcher, Meiji period
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
OLD Large Japanese Pitcher, Meiji period
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $150- $250
$500 Bids
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2pc Vintage Japanese Ceramic Plaques
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
2pc Vintage Japanese Ceramic Plaques
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Vintage Japanese Porcelain Pieces
Dec 17, 11:00 AM PST
Vintage Japanese Porcelain Pieces
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $40- $50
$100 Bids
A miniature Japanese porcelain wine pot
Dec 14, 8:00 PM CET
A miniature Japanese porcelain wine pot
by Venduehuis der Notarissen
Est: €400- €600
€3250 Bids
Two miniature 'milk and blood' jugs and one tiny double gourd vase
Dec 14, 8:00 PM CET
Two miniature 'milk and blood' jugs and one tiny double gourd vase
by Venduehuis der Notarissen
Est: €500- €800
€5000 Bids
A Japanese Arita porcelain soy bottle
Dec 14, 8:00 PM CET
A Japanese Arita porcelain soy bottle
by Venduehuis der Notarissen
Est: €400- €600
€2400 Bids
Japanese Jardiniere Hibachi planter
Dec 18, 10:00 AM PST
Japanese Jardiniere Hibachi planter
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $150- $250
$1300 Bids
4 Japanese Pottery Vessels
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
4 Japanese Pottery Vessels
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
2 Pieces Japanese & Japanese Style Porcelain
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
2 Pieces Japanese & Japanese Style Porcelain
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Japanese Porcelain Ovoid Form With Two Panels, Also Censer H 7'' 2 pcs
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
Japanese Porcelain Ovoid Form With Two Panels, Also Censer H 7'' 2 pcs
by DuMouchelles
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
aziatica; stel Japans porseleinen Kakiemon wierookpotjes met opengewerkte deksel, oren in vorm va
Dec 15, 7:00 PM CET
aziatica; stel Japans porseleinen Kakiemon wierookpotjes met opengewerkte deksel, oren in vorm va
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
JAPON - XIXe siècle
Dec 11, 2:00 PM CET
JAPON - XIXe siècle
by OXIO
Est: €500- €800
€5000 Bids

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