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An Edo Period Karatsu Tea Bowl w/ Decorative Repairs (Tea Master Item)

An Edo Period Karatsu Tea Bowl w/ Decorative Repairs (Tea Master Item)


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1900: Item # 1453218

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Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
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Kamigamo District
Kyoto, Japan


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An eye-catching combination of red lacquer and gold repairs on a classic Karatsu tea bowl dating from Edo. Like many pottery traditions in Japan, Karatsu takes its name from the city where it originated. As early as the 15th century Korean potters heavily influenced the development of this form—helping to endow it with the earthy, simple, and natural qualities it is so appreciated for. Signed with an endorsement from the 14th Head Tea Master of Urasenke (the largest school of tea in Japan); Tantan-sai bestowed this piece with the charming and somewhat playful name “Inaka-jo,” which roughly translates to “Country Gal” in English.

In fine antique condition, this piece is 4.5 inches at its widest point (11.5cm) and stands 2.5 inches tall (6.3cm). Housed in a period wood box and (as stated above) endorsed by a former Head Tea Master of Urasenke, the tea bowl displays two expertly applied repairs, one in red lacquer and one in gold for a dramatic and eye-catching contrast. (examples of Tantan-sai signature from historic examples available upon request). ** International shipping and insurance included in price.