At various times over the long history of tea practice in Japan, Korean-ware has come into high fashion and ships full of the finest ceramics from the neighboring country were brought to its shores. Such pieces have long been favored by learned cha-jin (tea people); and, older pieces such as this are quite prized today as relatively few from this era have survived in such good condition.
With skillfully applied antique gold repairs, this exceptional tea bowl dates from the early half of the Korean Joseon period (Richo in Japanese; 1392-1897) and appears to be 16th or 17th century. It is 5.3 inches at its widest point (13.5cm) and stands just over 3 inches tall (7.7cm). The fine lacquer box that looks to have been furnished within the last 100-150 years and a custom-fit cloth pouch are accessories that let you know it was well-cared for and likely previously owned by a collector or dedicated tea practitioner. ** International shipping and insurance included in the price