Edo Period Raku-yaki Chawan
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: Item # 1186250
Kawakami 2891-4 Yufuin-cho
Yufu-shi, Oita-ken 879-5102 Japan
This splendid chawan (tea bowl) is part of a series of mostly antique and vintage items that we recovered from the storehouse of a retired construction contractor. His house is located in the southern part of Kyoto, where buildings from the Edo and Meiji periods still stand. His son not being interested in inheriting his father's collection, we were asked to take them out, and we are now able to present them to you at very attractive prices.
This chawan is made in the Raku style of pottery, a tradition born more than 400 years ago, in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto, from the collaboration between great tea master Sen Rikyu (1522-1591) and a potter named Chojiro ( - 1592), the forebear of the great Raku family of potters.
The bowl dates from the Edo period (1615-1868), a golden era in Japanese aesthetics. It is a perfect example of the wabi-sabi style, where beauty is also seen in the old and asymmetrical, which are recognized attributes of a harmonious world.
The chawan features a shaded mountainous landscape (see picture 4), and a hand written calligraphy of a haiku that is attributed to Kanamori Keigo (1747-1812) a poet from Nagoya who lived during that period. An unrecognizable seal can be seen at the kodai (foot) of the bowl, and it is difficult to say how much of a hand Keigo had in the designing of the chawan. It also shows some marks of old lacquer and gold repairs around the mouth; otherwise, the bowl is in great condition.
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The chawan will be shipped with the old wooden box it came in.
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