We are glad to offer you a rare and stunning Kosobe-yaki Chawan with a beautiful hand painting of pines and cranes, under thick cream colored glaze on very thinly potted clay blended with shiseki for great effect. This is likely the work of the second or third generation Shinbei, both known for their Korai-Utsushi (Korean style) wares. Finding such a delicate Chawan in such good condition from the Edo period is exceedingly rare. It comes with a shiho-san wooden box.
On the bottom is the famous seal of the Kosobe kiln. It is one of the seven kilns of Enshu (Enshu-Shichi-yo). Around the mid Edo period Japan had a great tea master called Kobori Enshu (1579-1647). He announced which were the seven most important kilns during his lifetime: Asahi, Agano, Akahada, Kosobe, Shitoro, Takatori and Zeze.
The Kosobe kiln was established in Takatsuki, along the route between Osaka and Kyoto by Igarashi Shinbei sometime around 1790, The first generation (1750-1829) was known for Raku wares, Tea Utensils and Utsushi wares among more common household items. The second generation (Shinzo, 1791-1851) is remembered for Takatori, Karatsu, Korai and other continental styles. Shingoro, the third-generation head of the family (1833-1882) continued in that line, but secured a route to use Shigaraki clay and blended that with his local clays.
Size: 8,6 cm height x 12,1 cm in diameter.