High class Ohi Chawan made by the 8th generation Ohi Chozaemon (1851-1927) 120 years ago and is done in a style known as 'ameyu' or candy glazing. It comes with its originally signed and sealed wooden box.
The glazing is a wonderful example of ameyu and, in fact, approximates the color of a caramel candied-apple.
The interesting color scheme and glossy sheen make it an attractive backdrop for a frothy bowl of dark green matcha. While some tea bowls may look best in the confines of a dimly lit tea room, this bowl looks much better in bright light. In a darker atmosphere it appears less red and more caramel.
When the founder of the Urasenke style of tea ceremony, Sen-So Soshitsu (1622 -1697) was invited to Kanazawa as the lord of the tea ceremony for the powerful Kaga lords in 1666, the first Chozaemon came with him and established Ohi-yaki ware in Kanazawa. Chozaemon had been the chief apprentice for the Raku family in Kyoto and took with him many of the principles and ideas associated with Raku-ware. Since those auspicious beginnings, Ohi-ware has held a high place in the world of tea ceremony despite this tradition of pottery almost dying out on several occasions.
One such occasions was in late Edo when the Ohi’s lost favor and support from the Kaga rulers. As a result, the son of the 7th Ohi potter decided he could no longer cary on the family tradition and sought other means to support the family. Therefore, the title was passed to the chief apprentice of the 7th Ohi , Rikichi Nara, who then became Ohi the 8th. Apart from being a skilled potter, Rikichi was also a tea-master who had strong connections with Urasenke and a number of influential temples. For his tireless efforts to save the Ohi line and for his unmatched skill as a potter, he received the honor of having many of his boxes signed by the Urasenke Grand tea master Ennousai (1872ー1924).
No chips or cracks.
Size: 7,3 cm height x 13,1 cm in diameter.