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A Pair of Koransha Tea Cups â Chawan â Showa

A Pair of Koransha Tea Cups – Chawan – Showa

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Directory: Hidden: Viewable: Pre 1980: Item # 1009266

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This is a very pretty pair of Koransha ceramics tea cups – Chawan. The outside of the cups is glazed in a soft turquoise color - the inside of each had an opening bulb flower with long green leaves and red budding flowers. On the base is the orchid mark of the Koransha potters. Each cup measures 3 ½” diameter and is 2 ½” high. They are in very good condition – one small nick on the side of one of the cups.

At the end of the 19th century, when Fukagawa Seiji was established, clay from Amakusa was used to produce a pure white base that provided a contrast to the very colorful glazes. Some Fukagawa pieces of this period show evidence of being influenced by the Hirado style although this is not true in every case. Its history starts with Ezaiemon Fukagawa who in 1856 became head of his family's porcelain business and in 1875 founded Koransha (The Company of the Scented Orchid) in Arita, Japan, to produce tableware for export.