This Tea Bowl (Chawan) in the style of Kenzan is decorated in white slip and underglaze iron.
It is in excellent condition, there is a tiny chip on the lip but no other damage and no repairs. It dates from the late Edo Period.
The Tea Bowl is from the Dikran G. Kelekian Collection.
Kelekian (1868-1951) was a very important dealer and collector, largely in the fields of Islamic and Modern French Art.
He had galleries in Paris and New York and was a major supplier to American Museums. The Metropolitan in New York has over 1000 items from him, plus five portraits of him including one by André Derain. The base of the vessel has 6 labels attached among which is Cleveland Museum of Art label. The former owner contacted the museum and they confirmed that the bowl had been part of a collection of pottery which had been lent by Kelkian to the museum in 1929. Twenty years later, in 1949, the collection was then transferred to the Cincinnati Museum of Art.
Subsequent to this the collection was apparently dispersed, possibly through auctions. We have been unable to identify any of the other labels; it is likely that at least one was Kelekian's inventory number.
Ht. 3 1/2 inches x 3 3/4 inches in diam. (8,8 x 9,5 cm)