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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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Japanese Wakizashi Mokkogata Edo Period
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
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by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $100- $15,000
$1202 Bids
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Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Japanese Imari Porcelain Large Charger Plate
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Est: $20- $200
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THREE JAPANESE CERAMIC TEA SETS
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $100- $150
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Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Japanese Edo Period Bronze Mirrors, Pair
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Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Peter Voulkos
Nov 11, 9:00 AM EST
Peter Voulkos
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0001 Bid
Y A Japanese Lacquer Kiseruzutsu
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Y A Japanese Lacquer Kiseruzutsu
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Nov 14, 10:00 AM PST
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Est: $200- $250
$1801 Bid
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Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
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Est: $100- $1,000
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Collection of Various Serving Items
Oct 24, 11:30 AM EDT
Collection of Various Serving Items
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Est: $25- $40
$50 Bids
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A Japanese bronze urn
Oct 26, 12:00 PM PDT
A Japanese bronze urn
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Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
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A pair of Japanese cloisonné gourd vases
Oct 26, 12:00 PM PDT
A pair of Japanese cloisonné gourd vases
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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A pair of Japanese cloisonné vases
Oct 26, 12:00 PM PDT
A pair of Japanese cloisonné vases
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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A Japanese scroll with a tree
Oct 26, 12:00 PM PDT
A Japanese scroll with a tree
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Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
LARGE PAIR OF JAPANESE CLOISSONE VASES
Oct 24, 11:00 AM EDT
LARGE PAIR OF JAPANESE CLOISSONE VASES
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Oct 30, 10:00 AM CDT
JAPANESE WATER JAR/WATER VANISHING VASE. HAMBURG: CARL WILL...
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Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
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“Black Tiger" antique Japanese silk hanging scroll
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
“Black Tiger" antique Japanese silk hanging scroll
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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Japanese hanging scroll Kakejiku "Peacocks" painting by Shunpou
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Japanese hanging scroll Kakejiku "Peacocks" painting by Shunpou
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $500- $1,000
$3000 Bids
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Perfectly imperfect museum Japanese Imari porcelain plate, circa 1800-1867
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Perfectly imperfect museum Japanese Imari porcelain plate, circa 1800-1867
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $500- $1,000
$2000 Bids
Japanese ceramics, height - 30 cm, diameter 18 cm
Oct 31, 8:00 PM EET
Japanese ceramics, height - 30 cm, diameter 18 cm
by Village Gallery Israel
Est: $120- $240
$800 Bids
Soy saucer made of porcelain, Japanese, handmade, size - 13 * 13 cm
Oct 31, 8:00 PM EET
Soy saucer made of porcelain, Japanese, handmade, size - 13 * 13 cm
by Village Gallery Israel
Est: $60- $120
$400 Bids
Japanese ceramic vessel for very heavy heavy incense size 20 * 14 * 14 cm
Oct 31, 8:00 PM EET
Japanese ceramic vessel for very heavy heavy incense size 20 * 14 * 14 cm
by Village Gallery Israel
Est: $60- $120
$400 Bids
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Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
JAPANESE KORANSHA PORCELAIN VASE, MEIJI PERIOD
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $600- $800
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