From My Collection 14: Antique Chinese

So here we’ll take a look at some new Antique pots gracing my shelves from China.

Up first we have a stamped, unglazed cloud footed rectangle with lip, Huruwatari(middle crossing period, 1800-1911). This pot is shudei. Unlike more recent red unglazed Tokoname pots, Antique Shudei clay pots are made with a natural occurring clay, and gets it color from minerals in the clay. Most recent red pots use “Bengara”, a red earth pigment to tint the clay red.

A cream colored glazed rectangle with cut feet. Also middle crossing, over 100 years old. Very nice patina to this rectangle, which was hard to capture. It’s a bit more grey than the photo shows.

Close up of the patina.

A fluted round with braided top and center band, cream glaze over brown clay. Nice detail to the rim and center band, not often seen. I purchased this hoping it would be nice with one of my princess persimmons, unfortunately, it was a bit too large.

Tall cream glazed footed rectangle with a great patina. I think this has a Chojubai somewhere in its future!

Detail of rim and interior showing patina.

A light greenish fluted oval. Not a lot of patina on this one. The glaze is a rare one from old China though.

Another old rectangle with a cream glaze and excellent patina. The patina on this rectangle is a bit lighter than the previous one, could still be used as a cream.

And rounding out this post we have an antique Namako(sea cucumber) glazed round over dark black clay. A handmade pot. There are finger indentations all up the inside, with ridge detail from the fingerprints! It’s always hard to see patina on dark glazes, it’s more a general darkening of the color rather than a distinct stain. This Namako has some nice patina on the rim and base.

Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some new antique pots I’ve added in the last couple of months! Check back in a couple if days and I should have finished some great posts on some famous potters!


About japanesepots

I've been collecting Japanese Bonsai pots for a few years, and feel that the famous, and some of the lesser known but great Japanese pot artists could do with a little more writing and exposure in English. Additionally, this blog will feature My own And others bonsai for discussion. The purpose of this blog is to further knowledge of Japanese pottery and Japanese style bonsai. If you have any questions about Japanese bonsai pottery, or would like to acquire pots by some of the potters presented in the blog, feel free to email me at
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7 Responses to From My Collection 14: Antique Chinese

  1. Brian VF says:

    Nice pots! Sure know the feeling of buying one slightly too large!

  2. aman says:

    Can you include the dimensions to these great pots? I would love to know there sizes as well.

  3. yenling29 says:

    Drooling over these thanks for sharing!

  4. Casey says:

    In another post, you write that the first pot is from the middle crossing or “Nakawatari” period. In this post, you write that the pot is from the middle crossing or “Huruwatari” period. Are these
    different names for the same period?

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