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Boxed Takatori Tebachi, Tea Ceremony, Japanese ceramic

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Boxed Takatori Tebachi, Tea Ceremony, Japanese ceramic

A FINE TAKATORI TEBACHI FOR TEA CEREMONY CIRCA 1800. Here is a perfect and beautiful tebachi (handled dish) from the Takatori kiln on Kyushu Island. Presentation pieces for tea ceremony were required to carry the marutaka or domain mark after 1823. Accordingly, this tebachi probably dates from the late 1700s to very early 1800s. It comes with a fitted sugi-wood presentation box and is in perfect condition. The base clay of this vessel is the typical red of the original Takatori kiln whereas Takatori wares from the Higashi Sarayama kiln are characteristically a lighter fawn color. This tray would have been used to serve small sweets or snacks during tea ceremony. Takatori ware is characterized by its contrasting glazes both bold and subtle which beads or forms rivulets on the surface. ADDITIONAL DETAILED PHOTOGRAPHS ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST. The first Takatori potter was a Korean named Palsan. Although many Korean potters were bought forcibly to Japan, Palsan received a generous stipend from his sponsor, the warrior Kuroda Nagamasa. Palsan and his father-in-law known as Shinkuro built a kiln at the foot of Takatori Mountain (near present-day Nôgata city) around 1614 in Chikuzen Province on the northern coast of Kyushu. Palsan eventually took the family name Takatori. The famous Daimyo tea ceremony master, Kobori Enshu (1579-1647), who succeeded Oribe in the 17th century after his suicide, took a particular and direct interest in the Takatori kilns and encouraged the conscious cultivation of the kirei sabi aesthetic ideal of mundane beauty and graceful simplicity amongst the Takatori potters thus ensuring the suitability and traditional association of Takatori wares with the tea ceremony. Dimensions: approximately 21.5cm (8-1/2”) across mouth; 15cm (6”) high. The box measuring 23.5cm (9-1/4”) x 23.5cm x 18.5cm (7-1/4”) high.

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