If you are looking for incomparable chawans for your collection, let me introduce you this rare piece: Toujin-bue (Chinese flute) shaped tea bowl made of fine, refined clay with a high content of iron oxide. The rim has cut in the shape of a hissen (fudearai - brush washing vessel), a shape very popular in the mid 17th century and found on shigaraki and hagi tea bowls in the Kobori Enshu style. The clay shows few impurities. Over the clay a thin, transparent ash glaze haze been poured on one half, and a dark brown tenmoku glaze on the other. The bowl has a beautiful shape and is well balanced and has been used for many years as the stain inside and around the rim indicates. This style was produced in Satsuma in the early Edo period only.
Perfect condition with no cracks or repairs. There are only a few number of early Katami-Gawari Chawans in the world left. This is one of them and surely one of the best.
The bowl comes in a silk pouch (shifuku) and an older wooden box.
This realy rare tea bowl was exhibited from may 22 to september 2011 at the famous Keramion Museum in Frechen (Germany) and published in a great book called 'Momoyama Keramik und ihr Einfluss auf die Gegenwart' (Momoyama Ceramics and their influence until today). It is written in English and German with a foreword of the Japanese ambassador in Germany. Catalogue no. 142 (p. 65). Frechen 2011, ISBN-978-3-94005-06-8.
A new version of the book is also part of the offer.
Size: 7,3 cm height, 12,8 cm in diameter.