A very attractive and rare Agano ware dating from the Edo period (1615-1868).
This particular piece comes from the collection of an old Japanese family.
Agano ware has been made in the Chikuzen province (current Fukuoka prefecture) in northern Kyushu since the beginning of the 17th century. It was patronized by the leader of the Hosokawa clan of that period, Hosokawa Tadaoki (1563-1646), who was a tea practitioner and ordered a Korean potter named Sonkai to establish a kiln in the Tagawa village. Agano ware was originally made for the tea ceremony and was very much favored by Kobori Enshu (1579-1647), the great tea master, who appreciated its simple design.
The dark red glaze of this magnificent piece is only one of its great features. The contrast it creates with the lighter base, forming a beautiful kakewake (divided glaze), its asymmetrical shape and the evident yubi-ato (marks left by the potter's fingers) have shaped this bowl into a strong piece and an ode to that unique tradition.
The hachi is in perfect condition and will be shipped in an antique wooden box.
Dimensions: 21 x 6.5 cm (8.4 x 2.6 in); 756 g (7.7 lb)
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