A 19th century Japanese Tokkuri table lamp. These Saké containers were developed into a ceramic art form and many were produced by small family potteries. The majority were produced as earthenware specifically known to the Japanese as “stone textured”. Very often the brewer ordered the Tokkuri from the potter, who then wrote the name of the brewer in Japanese characters as shown by this example.
Saké is traditional Japanese liquor made from rice and water. It is produced from a fermentation and filtration process. Known in the west as “Saké” but in Japan as “Nihonshu”, Saké being the general term for alcohol. The Japanese production of Saké is an ancient tradition with evidence as far back as the 3rd century B.C.
As with so many traditional Japanese practices, Saké has its own specialised ceramic shapes. These “robust and honest” lamps have a timeless ability to fit very comfortably into both the traditional and contemporary interior.
The traditional wheel potted Tokkuri virtually disappeared after 1945 along with many typical Japanese domestic art and craft forms. This is a rustic lamp, full of character, the product of a provincial Japanese kiln. The lamp seated in a turned and polished maple wood stand. The lamp shown with a pleated, black silk shade.
Meiji - Circa 1880
Overall height (including shade) 21"/53 cm approx
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