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
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
[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]