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Perfect Momoyama Period / early Edo Period Ki Seto Chawan


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1700: Item # 1305033

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Little distorted half cylinder shaped (hanzutzu) tea bowl made of light, coarse unrefinde Mino clay, with very nice, little and small ishihaze (exploding stones).

The mouth has been trimmed in a fashion frequently seen in black Oribe but rarely in Ki Seto (yellow Seto) bowls. The expertly thrown body is covered with the typical ash glaze inside and outside which has turned into yellow due to a slight iron oxide content in the clay.

The thick and glossy glaze (guinomi-de) has a fine beautiful crazing. The bowl is decorated with incised horizontal and vertical lines on two sides - the letter accented with the usual application of copper oxid. The bowl has also a decoration with vivid tanpan marks ( copper green marks ).

Inside the foot ring is the kiln mark ト.

Ki-Seto is said to have been the outcome of the attempts of potters to recreate Chinese celadon wares. A fortunate mistake, for a new ware was born. The ash glaze looks like deep-fried tofu and has been given the name aburaage-de. Almost all Ki-Seto wares are serving utensils - exept some few tea bowls. We have only few in our gallery (from the Momoyama to the early Edo time), so please note that these Ki-Seto chawans are really rare items.

This Ki-Seto tea bowl is in perfect condition, very unusual for a chawan of this age. Absolutely highly recommanded for connaisseurs.

The bowl comes with a very good woodbox and a shifuku.

Size: 8,4 cm height x 10,8 cm in diameter.

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