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Hirado Porcelain Tea Ceremony Bowl

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Hirado Porcelain Tea Ceremony Bowl
This finely potted Japanese Hirado sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) “yu-samashi” tea bowl dates to the late Meiji period. Such bowls were used for cooling the hot water for tea during the sencha tea ceremony. The characteristic milky white body, which is covered in a pure lustrous glaze, is extremely delicate. A few blossoms and leaves painted in rich underglaze sapphire blue are scattered freely on the inside and outside of the piece. There is a well-modeled handle affixed to the molded end opposite the pouring spout. Hirado wares are considered to be among the finest porcelains ever made in Japan. It was produced at Mikawachi near Arita, and for much of its history it was made under the patronage of the lords of Hirado. Aristocratic patronage ended in the 1830’s with the commercialization of the kilns; however, the quality of Hirado remained very high. Hirado ware consists of a very pure, fine-grained and high-quality white porcelain, usually decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Condition is perfect. Overall dimensions: 4 ½” long, 3 ¼” wide at handle, 2” high.

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