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Important Chinese Nogime Tenmoku Chawan - Northern Song     9000 $    sold

 

 

    

 

Here is another stunning chawan from our collection - one of the oldest available chawans in the world, already exhibited in a museum and published in books!

Nogime (hare's fur) Tenmoku tea bowl from the Jian Kilns - made in the Northern Song Period. This is one of the first tea bowls in Japan, which came together with the first tea from China. More than 1000 years old!

Little refined iron bearing clay, with iron oxide, thrown into the typical tenmoku shape. The bowl was tilted a little in the sagger so the flat pool of glaze inside is a little tilted, too - one of the signs of a true Tenmouku bowl.

The bowl was aesthetically distorted during the firing and a silver ring was added.

Silver rings were only added, if the Tenmoku chawan was made for the aristocracy and for the high nobility.

The wood box kiribako is of high quality and is inscribed on the lid: Tenmoku chawan Northern Song Dynasty.

Size: 6,3 cm height x 11,3 cm in diameter.

We offer this important chawan also together with a valuable Japanese Tenmoku stand (tenmoku-dai).

This lacquered wooden tea bowl stand was made in the traditional Chinese shape. It appears to have been cut on a lathe from one piece of wood. It is covered with a high quality brown red lacquer which is slightly transparent.

The diameter measured in a 90 degree angle to the wood grain is 4 mm less than measured parallel to the grain. Which reflects a shrinkage of approx. 3%, indicating quite an age. I am sure that it dates to the Meiji Period, the time when the top quality lacquers were made.

It has a high quality lacquered kiribako.

Size: 6,3 cm height x 16,4 / 16,8 cm in diameter.

The Nogime Tenmoku Chawan was exhibited from May to September 2011 at the famous Keramion Museum in Frechen, Germany and published in a fantastic large book: 'Momoyama Keramik und ihr Einfluss auf die Gegenwart' (Momoyama ceramics and their influence in the world of today). Catalogue no. 3, page 23. Frechen 2011. ISBN-978-394005-06-8. The book is in German and English with a foreword of the Japanese Ambassador in Germany.

A brand new example of the book is also part of our offer.

 

Shipping included

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Chinese Kinuta Seiji Celadon Vase Song - Yuan Period ex Museum     7500 USD   sold

  

Another highlight of our family collection: Rather large Chinese Kinuta Seiji Celadon Vase for Japanese Tea Ceremony. Classical mallet (kinuta) shaped celadon vase in the style of the longquan kilns of the 13th century. The celadon glaze is applied very thickly and the vase may have been glazed and fired more than one time. Some fine aesthetic hairlines complete its beautiful expression.

The execution of the foot rim and the texture of the clay matches the Chinese original. The color is very saturated as we find it in Japanese Nabeshima celadons. Therefore, the Chinese origin in the 13th century is questionable and the Chinese origin in the 10th century is more probable.

The vase was exhibited from May to Septemper 2011 at the famous Keramion Museum in Frechen, Germany. It is published in the great book 'Momoyama Keramik und ihr Einfluss auf die Gegenwart' (Momoyama ceramic and its influence until today), number 8, page 25, ISBN-978-3-94005-06-8. The book includes a foreword of the Japanese ambassador in Germany and is written in german and english

A new version of this book is also part of our offer.

Size: 26,2 cm high. No repairs.

 

Shipping included.

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Large Qing Porcelain Guanyin Buddha Statue     795 $

 

 

 

This is a rare large chinese porcelain Guanyin statue dating to the Qing Dynasty. The statue is sitting on a lotus base, right hand putting on the front of the chest, left hand holding a bottle. The face expression looks very serious and sincerely. Great item.

No repairs.

Size: 14,25'' height (1 inch = 2,5 cm) - weight 2,77 kg.

 

Shipping included

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Chinese Song Dynasty Brown Glazed Tea Bowl Cizhou/Henan Kiln    995 $

 

 

China, Song (Sung) Dynasty, ca. 960 to 1279 CE, Cizhou or Henan Kiln. Lovely ceramic tea bowl covered with heavy deep brown glaze on the interior and the exterior with grey/beige rim. A lovely example!

Part of the van Norten Collection since 1936.

Size: 5,1 cm height x 10,2 cm width.

 

Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included.

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Important Chinese Nogime Tenmoku Chawan - Northern Song     2500 $     sold

 

Here is another stunning chawan from our collection - one of the oldest available chawans in the world.

Nogime (hare's fur) Tenmoku tea bowl from the Jian Kilns - made in the Northern Song Period around 960 CE. This is one of the first tea bowls in Japan, which came together with the first tea from China. More than 1000 years old!

Little refined iron bearing clay, with iron oxide, thrown into the typical tenmoku shape. The bowl was tilted a little in the sagger so the flat pool of glaze inside is a little tilted, too - one of the signs of a true Tenmouku bowl.

 

The lovely Jian tea bowl was aesthetically distorted during the firing and has a fine form with wonderful streaks and spots (so called Hare's Fur decoration) in the lustrous black glaze. This particular example boasts gorgeous red-brown iron-rich hues all along the rim, cascading down the walls. A real stunning example from the ancient artisans of China's Northern Song Dynasty. No repairs, only inborn kiln cracks.

 

A good wood box and a fine shifuku are as well included as shipping.

 

Size: 7 cm height x 12,6 cm in diameter

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Imperial Yellow Chinese Bowl signed Guangxu (ca. 1880)    1500 $

 

 

LARGE bowl - may be a flower pot, but without hole. On the flat bottom inside engraved with one five clawed dragon and on the wall outside engraved with a pair of five clawed imperial dragons over waves chasing a fire ball (tams).

Signed Guanxu, the eleventh emperor of the Qing dynasty.

Great antique condition with strong and vivid colors. No cracks or repairs.

Size: 12,5 cm height and 28,8 cm in diameter

 

Shipping and certificate of authenticity included.

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Chinese Tenmoku Partrige Feather Chawan of Southern Song       3600 $

We present a rare Tenmoku tea bowl with partrige feather mottles (Chinese: 'Zhegu Ban'), made during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) or earlier. Looking inside this Tenmoku chawan is like glazing deep into the cosmos. There one can understand the meaning of microcosm and ask whether one is looking inward or outward; probably both.

The deep rounded sides of this elegantly potted tenmoku chawan are rising from a short straight foot to a lipped rim, covered overall in a black glaze falling short of the foot to reveal the deep-brown body, the interior and exterior under rim with partrige feather (鷓鴣斑) glaze. The underside was left unglazed, with grayish brown ground and darker spots in the firing.

Tea bowls of this radiant type have a wall that thickens as it descends resulting in a relatively heavy bowl due to its low centre of gravity.

No chips or cracks - great antique condition.

Provenance: Acquired in 2008 from the Vosper Collection, Gloucestershire. Since then part of the Van Norten Collection.

Size: 6,3 cm height x 12,6 cm in diameter.

Shipping included

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Chinese Jian Hare's Fur Tenmoku of Southern Song     4500 $    sold

 

 

Elegant Chinese Jian hare's fur tenmoku chawan made during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Looking inside this Tenmoku chawan is like glazing deep into the cosmos. There one can understand the meaning of microcosm and ask whether one is looking inward or outward; probably both.

The deep rounded sides rising from a short straight foot to a lipped rim, covered overall in a carmine-red glaze falling short of the foot and thinning to brown at the mouth-rim. The interior with brownish streaks. The underside was left unglazed, with grayish-brown ground and darker spot marks in the firing.

Our tenmoku chawan comes with an antique Japanese Makie tenmoku stand, made during the Meiji Period (1868-1912) and a wooden box.

The tenmoku tea bowl has no cracks or repairs.

Size: 2'' height x 5'' in diameter.

Shipping included.

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