Okabe Pitcher

Q: What can you tell me about this piece and its value? I know that Okabe, the name in the mark, was a Japanese potter.

A: Okabe Mineo, born Kano Mineo (1919-1990), was a Japanese potter who worked under the name Kato Mineo for several years after 1927. He changed his name to Okabe in 1978 to honor his wife. He introduced revolutionary techniques for glazing and firing pottery and his work sells for high prices today. But there were times during his career when he didn't have enough money to pay his bills and had to sell kitchen utensils. His most expensive pieces have green glazes. They sell for as much as $4,500.

Okabe pottery pitcher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#2 Okabe vaselhuckaby 2013-02-10 20:07
I also have a ceramic vase with the same marking on the bottom. It is brown with gold markings and a similar design on the front. I am looking for someone who can value this or who may be interested in purchasing it. Does anyone have any recommendations ?
#1 brass vaseconnie2201947 2012-06-02 07:45
I have a brss vase marked WHW in a circle marked on bottom. also name Karl.
made in austria.werksta tten hagenauer wien.Does anyone have any information on
this piece?

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