Question about an Old Jar / 質問への回答


I was rather too busy with my project ‘International Potters’ Charity Auction’ in Sendai (Japn) and could not reply to the eamil from Enrico Maestrini. Sorry for my late reply. [Gas]

I am a collector of oriental art. I found this jar. I would like to know your opinion about it.
Is it Tamba ware? How old can it be?
The jar is about 30cm tall.
Thank you in advance for your opinion
Best regards,
Enrico Maestrini

I always have to say that it is not fair to ask my opinion without bringing and letting me examine a vessel in question. I believe that your enquiry is purely your own interest, so I give you my thoughts but it is better for you to take it to an expert in a musrum and ask him (or her). But please be prepared they are very busy people and may give you a straight negative verdict which you do not want to hear.
My verdict for a rather interesting jar is as follows; It is a very nice storage jar from Thailand. I am fraid it is not Tamba (Tanba in correct Japanese) jar. It could be old by looking at typical techniques applied on the jar. I have seen a very similar jar with the same tpye of ash glaze application plus natural ash from wood firing. It was a big old jar about 80~80 cm high at a posh antique gallery in London almost 20 years ago. Your jar looks like 50-100 years old. But again, I can not give you my opinion about how old it colud be, without bringing and showing it me. Only one thing I can say to you is ‘In Thailand they are still using the same clay, old wheels with century old skills and wood-fire to produce this kind of jars (even today!!). If you want to know more about it, you should let me handle it and pay a consultation fee. [Gas]

Thank you very much for your kind and interesting reply.
Best regards from Italy
Enrico Maestrini

[1st-4th; The jar images are sent from Mr. Enioco Maestrini]
[5th; A pot with similar glaze and feaures is from Thailand and it is said to be antique but it is dubious]
[6th; A storage jar is a real Tanba jar made between the late 16th and early 17th century called Momoyama Period]

About Gas

Hi, I am a wood-fire potter, living and working in the Japanese tradition in Tring, Hertfordshire (UK). Following mediaeval potter's wisdom, I design and build simple wood-fired kilns called 'anagama' for long period of firing and 'raku-gama' for quick (glazed tea bowl) firing. My anagama firing usually takes 9 - 10 days.
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