An Unusual Japanese Porcelain Kensui, late 18th Century.
A kensui is a pot in which the water is poured after rinsing a chawan during the tea ceremony. The enamelled design is unusual especially the bold use of iron-red. The base has a variation of the spiral fuku mark, used in the 1780’s. It is uncommon to find ceramics associated with the tea ceremony that can be safely dated to before the 19th century.
5 inches (12.7cm) diameter, 3.3/4 inches (9.5cm) high. The porcelain is crazed, not uncommon in this early period, and there is an old stress line across the bottom. Please study the photographs.
Approximately cm long.
Please study the photographs.
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