An interesting and rare Seto chawan (tea bowl) from end of the Edo period (1615-1868), made in the Hakuan style.
Seto is one of the oldest pottery traditions in Japan and considered one of the “6 old kilns”. As early as the 13th century, glazed potteries were produced in Seto, thanks to the importing of new techniques from China by a potter called Toshiro.
Hakuan designates the shape of the bowl. That appellation comes from the name of a physician from the Edo period, Sodani Hakuan, who had a bowl, which he cherished, made in the same style. That design, which first appeared in Korea, was also made in Japanese kilns of the Momoyama and Edo eras.
This particular bowl wears a finely crackled yet sober robe, reminiscent of classic celadon vessels. It is light, with thin walls; signs of superior craftsmanship. Inside the bowl, a large and deep purple chadamari (tea pool) presents the vessel's warmest feature.
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The chawan is in perfect condition and will be shipped in a vintage wooden box.
Dimensions: 13.2 x 6.8 cm (5.4 x 1.8 in); 190g (4.9 oz)
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