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I would like some more info on this antique sake set. I have…

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I would like some more info on this antique sake set. I have one vessel and two goblets. The pieces are glazed and have a bamboo motif on the front side. There is a mark on the bottom of each piece consisting of three vertical letters. The vessel measures 7 5/8" tall, 2 1/4" in diameter at the rim, and 2 3/4" in diameter at the base. The goblets measure 5 3/8" tall, 2 1/2" in diameter at the rim, and 2 5/8" in diameter at the base. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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This is a mid century, Raku Style Stoneware Pottery Saki set from Japan, these are seen in the Bamboo style such as this and also in some Drip Glaze Styles, these sets with four goblets sell on average for $125.00 and up, with just two goblets, it would be 65.00-70.00.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Thanks for the reply, Glenda. I was really looking to get a translation on the Japanese characters.

According to the pay to access data base for Japanese markings and my made in Japan books this mark means

Mark: "Nippon", meaning: Japan., it would have been an export item from Japan.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Is it Kanji?

A form of that yes,

Kyōiku kanji are 1,006 characters that Japanese children learn in elementary school. Originally the list only contained 881 characters. This was expanded to 996 characters in 1977. It was not until 1982 the list was expanded to its current size. Jōyō kanji

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I've looked up Nippon in Kanji letters and it is not similar to the marks on my piece.

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I will see what I can find, it is possible this is the artist signature and as such there are no data bases that list these. It is also possible the person who wrote this arranged the characters for their purpose.

Just to let you know according to the leading expert in Japanese, each region or area of Japan adapts the writings of the Ancient Chinese characters of Kanji for their areas. Just like the Chinese do, much like we speak with different accents, they speak and write with different characters. So they may use part of a set of characters for their own purposes, in order to write what they want to say. One of the leading experts on this is person : http://gotheborg.com/ you can look up many things on that site.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I appreciate the effort, Glenda. I will see if another expert on here can help me out a little further. I've had a few help translate Japanese markings in the past. Thank you for trying though.
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Hi Denise,

This is Robert here. I'd be glad to help with this one.

The mark on the bottom is a two kanji character mark that reads:

出人

that translates as "Dai-Jin" or "Debito"

It's a studio pottery mark that appears from time to time in the sales records here in the West but about which no further information is available. It's most likely a Japan-based ceramic artist, but could conceivably be a Japanese-American studio mark. That said, though, it's not showing in my register of US studio pottery marks.

The most recent example of a piece by this artist that I can find in the sales record is this gorilla trivet which you can see has the same mark on the back. It sold on line (eBay) for $20.00.

Your sake set with tokkuri (sake decanter) and stemmed goblets is much nicer and more artistically pleasing, particularly the richly burnished-looking raku glaze so I would certainly agree with Glenda's appraisal value and is about the top end of what to expect for an unlisted name.

Hope this helps!
Best wishes,
Robert.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Thank you very much, Robert! I appreciate it!

You're welcome! Glad to help!

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