Stunning dark espresso brown glaze Moriage Glazed Redware Japanese melon-shaped teapot with hand-applied moriage floral design and hand-painted gold design and trim. This c. 1940's Moriage Redware Japanese teapot features orange and pale blue moriage florals over hand-painted gold design. Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, crazing or other damage to note. (c. 1940s)
The hand-painted gold trim has been applied to the sides of the teapot spout, around the top of the spout, along the top of the teapot, a decorative band along the top and the top of the knob. The teapot lid has a steam hole.
This fine pre-war teapot measures 8" from the tip of the spout to the outside edge of the handle, nearly 5" in diameter, 4.25" tall to the lip of the teapot and 5.5" tall to the top of the knob. This teapot is marked JAPAN in gold over glaze and weighs 1 pound 3 ounces. Some tiny areas of gold wear are noted, as would be expected in an item of this age.
Moriage is similar to cloisonné in appearance and design, moriage designs are applied using slip (a clay product) on top of the pottery and then fired. In cloisonné the colored glazes (or sometimes crushed gems) are applied onto metal and then fired in a kiln.
Moriage dates back to the 17th century in Japan and the creation of what is now called Satsuma. In the Satsuma region in Southern Japan there was a burgeoning Korean immigrant population that was producing a variety of pottery at the time. The Satsuma style involved classic vase and pot shapes that were covered in raised designs. These designs were built up using gilt (gold) for a 3D effect that was not easy on the wallet.
A2914 - Pre-War Moriage Glazed REDWARE Japanese Teapot JAPAN