A mid 19th century, rustic Japanese, brown glazed,Tokkuri or sake bottle table lamp. The bottle from the Tamba kilns. The Tokkuri skillfully decorated with a cream, trailing cursive Japanese script, known as Itchin. The cursive characters being the name of the sake shop. When the customer returned the empty Tokkuri to the distiller, he received a refund on the refill.
These 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 distiller ordered the Tokkuri from the local potter, who then wrote the name of the distiller in bold Japanese characters or in flowing script as shown by this example.
The traditional wheel potted Tokkuri virtually disappeared after 1945, along with many typical Japanese domestic art and craft forms.
The lamp illustrated is a stone textured Tokkuri in the traditional “Rosuku” shape. These “robust and honest” lamps have a timeless ability to fit very comfortably into both the traditional and contemporary interior, being at home in either setting. The lamp seated in a custom turned and polished American maple wood base. The lamp shown with a deep caramel, linen shade suggestion. A bold table lamp full of character.
Early Meiji - Circa 1870
Overall height (including shade) 22"/56cm approx
Lamps shipped to the US and UK are wired to US and UK specifications
The lamp shade shown is for photography purposes only.