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Korean Tea Bowls


Ido Chawan Korea 17th century with wooden box      995 $     sold





Ido Ware, Korean Joseon Dynasty (16th-17th century). The light cream bowl is decorated overall with a crackled cream glaze.

Rustic and sophisticated at the same time, this vessel is another great example of the beauty of Korean Ido chawans.

"Ido" chawan (tea bowl) is the first of three types of famous Japanese Tea Ceremony bowls. A very famous saying in the Tea Ceremony is "First Ido, second Raku, third Karatsu". It means Ido chawan is the highest grade tea bowl. Even though Ido chawan did not originate in Japan but in Korea, many Japanese have recognized them as the top grade tea bowl for the Tea Ceremony through the ages. Ido chawan was a low grade bowl used for daily necessities in the early Joseon dynasty in Korea (1392-1910). Substantial numbers of Ido chawan were shipped to japan in order to meet Japanese demand. By the Momoyama period in Japan (1568-1603), famous tea ceremony artist Sen no Rikyu had appeared and was promoting the wabi spirit in the Tea ceremony. Wabi means finding the beauty in imperfection. So Ido chawan from Korea hit the heart of many Japanese people who were pursuing the wabi spirit at that time. The shapes of Ido chawan bowls are imperfect indeed, however they contain perfect natural beauty.

No cracks or repairs except inborn kiln cracks. It comes in a good quality Korean wood box, which we purchased in the 1990's in South Korea to keep this Ido tea bowl safe.

Size: 8,6 cm height x 15,1cm diameter.


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Early Edo Period Irabo Chawan from Korea - very rare!     995 $  sold already


We are proud to present you a very rare Korean Irabo Chawan made in the early Edo Period on Japanese order.

This is a Wan shaped tea bowl made of coarse, unrefined clay with a high content of iron oxide. The clay shows impurities and stones - some of them have exploded ('ishihaze'). Over the dark clay a thin, transparent ash glaze has been applied, inside is an aesthetic brush stroke (hake me) in white engobe.

The bowl has a beautiful shape and is well balanced. It has been used for many years as the heavy stain inside and around the rim indicates. The style is that of the ko-irabo bowls of the 16th century, but these were bigger and heavier.

Size, light weight and intentional distortion indicate that this chawan was made in the 17th century on Japanese order.

Size: 7,2 cm height, 14,2 cm diameter.

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Rare Korean hana-Mishima Chawan - ex. museum - 15th century     2500 $

Wan shaped tea bowl made of fine, unrefined clay with a small content of iron oxide. The clay shows few impurities and stones. The inside has been stamped with flower patterns (hanamishima) between circular lines both were filled with a fine, white engobe before a transparent ash glaze haze was applied. The bowl has a beautiful shape and is well balanced and has been used for many years as the stain inside and around the rim indicates.

Very good tailor made wooden box (kiribako) inscribed on the lid 'mishima chawan'and the name hyakka (hundred flowers - referring to the shoguns garden in mukoujima - haykka-en).

This mishima chawan was exhibited from May 22 to September 2011 at the Keramion Museum in Frechen, Germany. It is published in the valuable book 'Momoyama Keramik und ihr Einfluss auf die Gegenwart' (Momoyama Ceramics and its influence until today), catalogue no. 33 (p. 32), Frechen 2011, ISBN-978-3-94005-06-8. The book is written in german and english with a foreword of the Japanese embassador in Germany.


The tea bowl comes together with the wood box and a new edition of the book.

Size: 6,4 cm height, 17,3 - 18,3 cm diameter.

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Rare Korean Gohon Ido shape Chawan 400 years old     1600 $



 We proudly like to offer a 400 year old perfect Korean Gohon Ido shape chawan.

The fine, little iron bearing clay has been mixed with sand (suna gohon) and thrown into an ido shape widening towards the rim.

The light body is covered with a clear, little greyish ash glaze, reacting with the iron oxide in the body to develop the pink spots typical for that kind of Gohon bowls.

The high foot has been trimmed when the clay was leather hard producing a rough surface which resulted in kairagi (shrinking glaze) typical for Ido tea bowls.

Size: 8,1 cm height x 13,2 cm diameter.

The bowl comes with an old black stained wood box.


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Korean Ido Chawan with Kintsugi gold restoration 16.-17.cent.     1500 $   sold


Flat shaped and elegantly modulated Korean Ido chawan from the mid Joseon Period (16-17 century). It is thinly coated with a creamy yellow glaze and very scenic drippings. Shape and form are inspired by the Buncheong Dynasty Gqey yl Chawans a period before.

Great antique condition with two spots of very old gintsugi (kintsugi) gold restoration, with impressing 'kannyu' (crackle) and a high density of 'keshiki' landscape.

This rare tea bowl has also a comfortable feeling of touch and hold with a very tasteful roughness. A perfect example for the spirit of wabi-sabi.

The Ido chawan will be sold with an older wood box and a shifuku.


Size: 6 cm height x 14,3 cm in diameter.

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Very valuable Korai Hakeme Chawan from the 16th cent.     2995 $




One day Radhanath Swami says 'true treasure lies within. It is the underlying theme of the songs we sing, the shows we watch and the books we read. It is woven into the Psalms of the Bible, the ballads of the Beatles and practically every Bollywood film ever made. What is that treasure? Love. Love is the nature of the Divine'.

This chawan is a real true treasure, breathing the love of its artist. Korean made wan-shaped tea bowl made of iron bearing unrefined clay typical for the mishima (buncheong) type ceramics produced in old Korea in the 16th century. The well thrown body is covered with the typical white, feldspatic engobe, which had been applied with a brush, while the bowl was turning on the potters wheel. Over the engobe is a clear ash glaze.

When the Japanese teamasters like Murata Juko and Takeno Joo developed the concept of wabi, Chinese tenmoku bowls did not fit anymore and the Korean bowls were adopted.

This is an especially beautiful piece without flaws and blemishes. The white engobe inside is discoulered by tea from many years of careful use. Incomparable item.

The bowl has recent wood box of good quality, which is inscribed on the lid Hakeme, Naruto (this is the name after the famous whirlpool near Shikoku).

Size: 7 cm height x 15,1 cm in diameter.


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Korean Hakeme Chawan of the early Choseon Period 14-16th cent.    1200 $   sold




 Here we present a real fine example of Korean art: smaller rounded wan-shaped bowl with high foot of the bamboo node style - the dark, fine clay with some enclosures is expertly thrown. The chawan was decorated with a white engobe in brushstrokes with a straw brush (hakeme) before the whole bowl was covered with an ash glaze. No chips or cracks. Great antique condition.

Hakeme bowls belong to the Mishima (Buncheon) group of Korean ceramics popular in the early Choseon period 14th - 16th century.

Even todays National Treasure class of Korean Potters do not achieve this level of quality.

The tea bowl has an older wooden box (kiribako) inscribed 'chosen chawan' on the lid.

Size: 5,3 cm height x 13,2 cm in diameter.


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Korean Amamori Chawan from early 17th century      1950 $


Extremely rare: Korean Amamori Chawan of Choson (Yi) Dynasty (1392-1910). Wan shaped tea bowl, thrown from light, refined clay, with very little iron oxide, covered with a white feldspatic glaze with fine crackles and pin holes including the small foot. 

Through many years of use the tea has seeped through the holes and crack to discolour the white clay body underneath, creating an effect called amamory - rain leak. The effect is especially strong along the rim. It takes a couple of hundred years to develop this kind of patina. Amamori can be seen on kohiki bowls, where the white engobe under the glaze is stained and on katade bowls, which have no engobe but a white clay under the glaze.

In this bowl no engobe is visible this is inline with the shape, which indicates a production around the middle of the Choson dynasty, equaling the early Edo Period.

The chawan is in very good condition considering its age and its fragile body. There is one very small peeling of the glaze close to the rim. No cracks or repairs.

The bowl comes with a very fine silk pouch (shifuku) and a wooden box.

Size: 7,1 cm height x 14,3 cm in diameter.

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Gohon-Hansu Korean Chawan of the 16/17th century     800 $






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