Fine Japanese art and tea implements

Very Unique Badarai Raku-yaki Chawan


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1920: Item # 1299658

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Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
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Kamigamo District
Kyoto, Japan


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This generously proportioned chawan (16cm in diameter) shows nice age, especially around the kodai, and likely dates from the early to mid 20th century. The base is unglazed showing the rich molded clay, contrasting nicely with the maroon and black glaze pooled beautifully around the edges. The badarai (horse watering basin) shape is very attractive and in this case especially fitting given the uncommonly large proportions. The soft sheen of the Raku glaze overlying rippled clay gives this bowl an almost living presence.

Although the name of the craftsman who made the bowl is not known, it is an exceptionally rare and lovely work that deserves to be preserved for posterity. Therefore, a specially fitted silk bag made from period materials and a new wood box were commissioned to house the bowl.

This piece is an impressive 6.5 inches in diameter (16.5cm), stands 3.3 inches tall (8.5cm), and is in very good condition. Shipping and insurance are included in the price.