A superb Karatsu chawan (tea bowl) dating from the Edo period (1615-1868). Karatsu pottery originated more than four hundred years ago in the small town of Karatsu, located in northern Kyushu. It has been a favorite of tea practitioners for centuries for its simple design and natural feel. Decorated karatsu ware is called E-karatsu.
This bowl presents several remarkable asymmetrical features, in accordance with the famed balance through unbalance principle of Japanese aesthetics: the sensual shape that gives it movement and an organic feel, the intriguing abstract underglaze markings and a kodai (foot) that seems to reflect the entire equilibrium of the universe with light balancing dark and soft balancing rough. Inside the bowl, the bear spot that exposes the clay is a true delight for connoisseurs.
The vessel presents a fine hairline (see picture 11), a normal mark of the ages, that does not diminish its beauty.
As it is the case for most of Edo period chawan, the bowl does not bear any seal or signature. It will be shipped in an antique wooden box.
Dimensions: 12 cm x 7.5 cm (4.8 in x 3 in)
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