Rare Edo Period Rokuro-me Hagi Chawan 995 $
Rounded wan-shaped chawan with strong throwing (finger) marks, called rokuro-me. The light, very fine clay with enclosures is expertly thrown. The body is fully glazed - with the exception of the foot and its surrounding area.
The cream coloured glaze shows pink colour in some paces as we know it from Korean Gohon tea bowls. It shows discolouration from green tea and a beautiful crazing - especially on inside, a sign of many years of careful use. The style and the very fine clay indicate a date between 1750 - 1800.
This rare chawan comes with an old wood box of good quality - inscribed on the lid 'Hagi Chawan'.
Size: 6,2 cm height x 12,3 cm in diameter.
Honde Seto-Karatsu Chawan of early Edo Period 1800 $ sold
This is pure antique Edo: Wan-shaped tea bowl made of dark, iron oxide bearing, sandy Karatsu clay. The thinly thrown body is covered with the typical white, feldspatic Shino type glaze. It differs from the Mino Shino glaze by being glossier due to a higher ash content.
Under the glaze a line was applied in iron oxide resembling the skin of a whale (kawakujira). Just the foot ring and its immediate surrounding was left unglazed. The glaze has a beautiful fine crazing.
This extremely rare chawan has a beautiful patina from many years of careful use. These types of bowls were produced in Karatsu during the first decades of the 17th century to cash in on the popularity of Shino bowls. Another highlight of this chawan is its aesthetic small gold laquer repair at the rim.
The Honde Seto-Karatsu chawan comes with wood box and shifuku.
Size: 5,4 cm height x 14,4 cm in diameter.
Formidable Katakuchi Chawan 1500 $ sold
This is really a rarely seen example of antique Japanese ceramic art: impressive Katakuchi Chawan (tea bowl with a spout), made of unrefined Mino clay. Katakuchi chawans of that age are barely available on the antique market. It is the only one in our collection. So take your chance.
A good wood box is included. Shipping included, too.
Size: 2,8'' height x 5,5'' in diameter
17th cent Ki-Seto Chawan 1500 $ sold
Wan shaped tea bowl made of light, refined and soft Mino clay, which contains a little iron oxide. The fastly but expertly thrown body inside and outside, with the exception of the bottom (including the finely thrown foot ring) is covered with a transparent ash glaze, which turned to yellow due to the iron oxide in the clay.
In two areas at the rim are highlights in green copper oxide in the tradition of the Mino Ki-Seto. The chawan shows a lot of fantastic tea stain, indicating a long period of careful use. It seems that the tea bowl was produced after the Oribe-style bowls as it already reflects the taste of Kobori Enshu (daimio-cha, kirei wabi).
It comes in a good wood box (kiribako) inscribed matsuchawan on the lid and with a very beautiful, tailor-made silk pouch (shifuku).
Size: 7,3 cm height x 14,3 cm in diameter.
Kuro-Oribe Chawan of early Edo Period 750 $
Special offer: Heavily distorted shoe shaped (kutsugata) tea bowl with a strongly flaring mouth made of light, coarse, unrefined Mino clay. The expertly thrown body was trimmed with a potters knife in its lower part and covered with a very deep black iron oxide glaze inside and outside.
A 'window' on the side has been left unglazed and is decorated with a square divided into two white and two black section accompanied on each side by two circles with the same patterns. This is a typical late Momoyama design.
The somewhat irregular double foot is typical for the late production of the Endogawa kiln. Within the foot ring is a kiln mark 'T'.
The chawan comes with a very good wooden box.
Size: 6,7 cm height x 14,5 cm in diameter.
Perfect Aka-Raku Tsutsu Chawan by the 10th generation Kichizaemon Tan-nyu 6500 $ sold
Perfect Aka Raku Tsutsu Chawan made by the 10th generation Kichizaemon Tan-nyu and enclosed in an authentication wood box written and signed by the 12th generation master of Omotosenke, Seisei (1863-1937).
Tan-nyu (1795-1854) was firstly named as Sojiro. He was the second son of Ryōnyu, the second generation master. In 1811, at the retirement of his father-master Ryonyu, he succeeded as Kichiza’emon. In 1819, together with his father Ryonyu, he assisted Oniwa-yaki Kairakuen Kiln, owned by Tokugawa Harutomi of Kii province. Oniwa-yaki means Tokugawa owned garden-baked under the direct orders of Tokugawa family. In the same year, Harutomi bestowed Raku seal onto him. He retired in 1845 and took the name Tannyu, whose character 'Tan' was bestowed by Kyukosai Sotan, the tenth generation tea master of Omotesenke, 'Front Sen family'.
Omotesenke is one of the three houses (families) descended from Sen no Rikyu, the Japanese tea master who perfected the Way of Tea in the 16th century. The title of head of the house passed down to the second and then third generation (Sen Shōan and Sen Sotan, respectively). The fourth-generation head was known as Koshin Sosa, and it is this Sosa name which the family line uses today. The Omotesenke tea room (chashitsu) is known as Fushin-an. Seisai was the eldest son of Rokurokusai, the eleventh master. Since Rokurokusai retired early, he succeeded as the twelfth master at a young age. Therefore, important events were practiced mainly by Rokurokusai. After Rokurokusai’s death, Seisai worked hard to recover Omotesenke ('Front Sen family'). In 1913, Fushin-an was rebuilt, and in 1921, Shofuro was added. His choice of equipment summed up the most in the entire masters. Many of the items were created by the Senke Jissoku (the Ten Craftsmen of the House of Sen'). It also includes Kamakura Bori ('Kamakura style carving'), Hagi Yaki ('Hagi in Yamaguchi prefecture style pottery'), Zeze Yaki ('Zeze in Shiga prefecture style pottery'), and Satsuma Yaki ('Kagoshima style pottery'). Seisai’s heir Yotaro was bestowed the title Soin by Maruyama Den’ne of Daitoku-ji temple in Kyoto in 1935. Together with his younger brother Kakujiro, he was supposed to become a help to his sickly father Saisei. However, Yotaro died at the age of 40, earlier than his father.
No chips or cracks.
Size: 10 cm height x 8 cm in diameter.
Ido-shaped Ko-Hagi Chawan early Edo Period 1600 $
Wonderful and important chawan: rounded wan-shaped tea bowl with high foot of the bamboo node style in the typical O-Ido shape. The light, little coarse clay with enclosures is expertly thrown and full glazed - including the foot - with a transparent glaze of wood ash with some feldspar. The glaze shows attractive shrinking (kairagi) in the lower half of the bowl. It shows discoloration from green tea, a sign of many years of careful use. Its highlight is a beautiful and expertly made golden Kintsugi repair - magnificent.
The style and the somewhat coarse clay indicate a date around 1700.
This Ko-Hagi Chawan comes with a very good wooden box.
Size: 8,2 cm height x 14 cm in diameter.
Important Ko-Hagi Kohiki Chawan early Edo Period 2700 $ sold
Here is one of the most important chawans of our collection: rounded wan shaped tea bowl with high foot of the bamboo node style in the typical O-Ido shape. The light, little coarse clay with enclosures is expertly thrown and full glazed - with the exception of the foot - with a transparent glaze of wood ash with some feldspar over a white engobe - in the style of Korean kohiki chawan (unglazed area on the outer wall is a typical feature found on many kohiki chawans).
The glaze shows pinholes in the gaze in and outside of the bowl. It shows discoloration from green tea, a sign of many years of careful use.
The style and the somewhat coarse clay indicate a date between 1700 and 1750. Amazing!
The bowl has a new, high quality wooden box (kiribako) made of finely grained kiri wood (paulownia imperials), which was hand made to the measure of the bowls, as the concave lid indicates. It has a silk shifuku of chirimen (crepe de chine), a tailored futon to fit inside and hashira to go into the corners and fix the bowl inside the box. The brown and green silk braid is the trade mark of Urasenke.
Size: 8,2 cm height x 14,8 cm in diameter.
Antique Japanese Iga Chawan with Kintsugi Gold 995 $
Wonderful and definitely rare Iga Chawan with aesthetic kintsugi gold repair. This chawan was made approx. 200 years ago during the Edo Period. Great wabi-sabi expression.
Iga ware was always made in the Iga City area of Mie Prefecture. Using local clay and traditional techniques, Iga ware carries a rich tradition that can be traced back to the Nara Period (710-794), featuring easy-to-hold shapes prized by tea masters and a natural, almost wild beauty actualized by the unique quality of the baked clay.
The beauty of this chawan is one of a kind— untamed, shining and free.
Size: 6,2 cm height x 15 cm in diameter.
Early 17th cent. Ao-Oribe Chawan 1200 $ sold
Beautiful half cylinder shaped (hanzutsu) tea bowl from the early stage of the Edo Period (1603 - 1868) with a rounded brim, made of iron bearing, coarse, unrefined Narumi Mino clay. The expertly thrown body was trimmed with a potter's knife in its lower part.
The unglazed foot is relatively large. In the style of Ao-Oribe bowls this bowl was covered with a green copper oxide glaze - leaving a window on one side, which was decorated with turtle pattern in iron oxide under a clear ash glaze.
It comes with a good wooden box. Great antique condition with no cracks or repairs.
Size: 8,2 cm height x 13,7 cm in diameter.