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Kichizaemon Konyu Tea Bowl with appraisal box         sold already







Black Raku Chawan with wood box, both have the sign of the 12th. Kichizaemon Konyu ( 1857-1932 ).

The lid back of the wood box bares the appraisal and of Sen Sosa XII 'Sesai' ( 1863 - 1937 ), who has been the 12th grand tea master of Omotesenke.

We offer this tea bowl by order of a German collector.

The chawan is in good condition with no repairs. There are two small inborn kiln cracks on the rim.

Size: 3,4'' height x 5,1'' length x 5,1'' width.

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                                                                                        Eiraku Zengoru Teabowl                          sold already                                                                                   

A spectacular Meiji period Tenmoku Chawan by Eiraku Zengoro decorated in a flamboyant style with precious metals. A golden pine trunk rises, almost entirely obscured by the mass of silver pine needles built up both within and without the bowl. It is most powerful in comparison to the ordinarily subdued Kyo-yaki ware of the Meiji era. The stamp on the base is undoubtedly that of Wazen. The bowl is just less than 5 inches (12.5 cm) diameter and in perfect condition.


Eiraku Zengoro XII (Wazen, 1823-1896) was one of the most influential potters of his time, setting the stage for the revival of and modernization of Kyoyaki, based on models by Koetsu, Kenzan and Ninsei. Although named Sentaro, he was more commonly referred to by the name Zengoro, and used also the name Wazen after 1865. He was trained under his father, Hozen, who was a compatriot of Ninnami Dohachi and Aoki Mokubei, and rightfully one of the most famous potters of the later Edo.

Zengoro was given the reins to the family business quite early, in 1843, and managed the day to day running of the kiln while his father sought to perfect porcelain products in Kyoto. From 1852 to 1865 the family worked from a kiln at Ninnaji temple. Attracting the attention of a Daimyo from Kaga, from 1866-1870 he worked to revitalize a porcelain kiln in that area, coming to produce classic wares which are prized to this day. During this time of working divided from the family kiln, two workers who had been trained by his father shared the title of the 13th generation leader in Kyoto, however Wazen outlived both by decades. He returned to Kyoto in 1870, and also established a kiln in Mikawa in the 1870s to produce more common tableware.

From 1882 until his death, it seems he worked from a large kiln in the Eastern Hills of Kyoto. Under both the 11th and 12 generations of this family the name Zengoro took on a life of its own, and came to symbolize the highest in porcelain and tea wares. The family is one of the 10 artisan families producing tea articles for the Senkei tea schools.

Let me notice that you will not find a more spectaculare teabowl of Eiraku Zengoru. To own it means to have a real japanese antique treasure. Its value will rise constantly.



Antique red raku chawan with Raku Kichizaemon Keinyû seal                   already sold


Very beautiful antique aka-raku (red raku) chawan (teabowl) with Raku 11th generation Keinyû (1817-1902)'s seal. Early Meiji Era.

Born as a son of Ogawa Naohachi, a sake brewer from Tanba, the present Kameoka City in Kyoto, he was taken into the Raku family as Tannyu's son-in-law. He succeeded as the 11th generation in 1845. He retired in 1871, assuming the name of Keinyu. The period he lived through was an age of transformation from the feudalism of the Tokugawa Shogunate to the modernization of Meiji government introducing the modern cultural prospects from the West. At the same time he saw the collapse of traditional culture including the tea culture. Over a 60 year long production of ceramics under such unfavourable circumstances. Keinyu, however, vigorously made a variety of ceramics, not only tea bowls but other tea utensils as well as decorative objects.

His ceramics are exibited in many museums, also in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Height : 7,3 cm

Diam. : 11,5 cm




Japanese OLD Seto tea bowl with fantastic atmosphere                   sold

SIZE : Width 5.1 in : Length 5.0 in : Height 2.8 in : Weight 360 g + Box 290 g

This is a tea bowl of Japanese SETO pottery ware. This was made about 150 years ago during the Meiji Period.

SETO is the pottery of Aichi Prefecture in Japan. It is chosen as one of the oldest 6 pottery called ROKKOYO in Japan. And such a glaze with taste of mud is SETO. It has a fantastic Wabi-Sabi atmosphere and the design on it reminds of wild big cats.

The overall unperfection aesthetic proofs that this is a real masterpiece of teabowls.




Japanese antique Meiji era black Oribe kutsu-gata teabowl                      sold already


An absolutely stunning Meiji period black Oribe Tea Bowl covered in thick, ink-black glaze with a floral and abstract design.
The slightly irregular kutsu-gata form settles easily into the palm of the hand, with the built up rim resting lightly on the fingers

The Chawan has a seal and is signed by artist. I was unable to identify him.
7 cm height (2,76''), diameter 13.5 x 12 cm (5,31'' x 4,72''),  300 grams.



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