Our collection of Tea Bowls offer always spectacular chawans - this is one of our best: Hakeme Glazed Ko-Hagi Chawan Dating to 17th Century made by the first Saka Koraizaemon.
Toujin-bue (Chinese flute) flat shaped tea bowl made of coarse, unfined clay with a high content of iron oxide. The body shows the tracks of the fingers when it was thrown on the Korean kick-wheel. The rim is a little uneven (intentionally). The unglazed foot ring was executed in the Korean bamboo node style. The clay shows impurities. Over the clay a white engobe was applied with astraw brush and transparent ash glaze haze been poured on top. The bowl has a beautiful shape and is well balanced and has been used for many years as the stain inside and around the rim indicates. There is an old repair in gold lacquer at the rim, where the gold is a little worn off, awesome!
Size: Diameter: 15 cm, height; 5.7 cm, foot ring: 5.6 cm.
The bowl comes in a silk pouch (shifuku) and an older wooden box (kiribako)inscribed on the inside of the lid: Ko-Hagi Hira chawan (followed by three lines of the same measurements asoboe in Sun and Bu) Migi shodai saka koraizaemon kanei jidai no saku showa 1934 juichi-dai saka koraizaemon, which can be translated: Ko-Hagi Flat tea bowl (measurements)(the bowl to the) right was made by the first generation Saka Koraizaemon in the Kanei period (1624-1644) ....Showa 1934 11th generation Saka Koraizaemon (Seal: Koraizaemon).
The first Saka Koraizaemon was the son of Li Shakko (which Lord Mori Terumoto brought from Koreaafter Hideyoshis Korea campaign) and one of the founders of the Hagiteadition. Hagi was an 'otome-yaki', which was produced for the exclusive use of the Morifamily of local daimyos and could not be sold in the market and is, therefore, rather rare.
The tea bowl was exhibited from May 22nd to September 2011 at the Keramion Museum in Frechen - Germany. 'Momoyama Keramik und ihr Einfluss auf die Gegenwart' (Momoyama Ceramics and its influence until today). It is published in a valuable book of the same name, catalogue no. 146, page 66. ISBN -978-3-94005-06-8. It is written in German and English with a foreword of the Japanese ambassador in Germany.
The chawan will be sold together with its box and with a new example of the book.