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Absolutely rare Kiseto Chawan from the Momoyama Period           sold





We offer a really rare kiseto ( yellow seto ware ) chawan from the Momoyama Period with tanpan marks ( copper green marks ).

It is a high fired ware from the end of the 16th. century in the Aburage-Hada style.

The early Kiseto glazes ( yellow Seto ) from the Muromachi period are considered to be attempts to emulate Chinese celadons from the Song dynasty. The composition of the wood ash feldspar glazes largely resembled that of the celadons; however, in oxidation instead of the reduction necessary for celadons, a dull yellow-green was formed. Beginning in the 15th century, this yellow was consciously developed further, probably to reproduce the then highly esteemed Chine Ming wares.

In the Momoyama period, two types of Kiseto had emerged. One was Ayame-de Kiseto in a clear yellow, named after the incised iris design, over which were typical of the period. Simple representations of plum blossoms, chrysanthemums, and radished were popular patterns on thin-walled tea bowls, plates, and bowls. The second type of Kiseto, Aburage-hada, with its golden or brown, matte, slightly grainy surface, owes its name to its resemblance to baked tofu.

On the box is written 'yellow seto chawan momoyama'. The Shifuku has a purple color and is included.

It is in brilliant condition with aesthetic tanpan marks, which means copper green marks on kiseto ware.

No repairs or cracks except inborn kiln cracks.

Size: 8,5 cm height x 13 cm diameter.

Shipping included



Momoyama Ishihazu Chawan with Silver Kintsugi      1.200 $




This is a rare Wan type chawan, around 400 years old in shape close to a tenmoku tea bowl. It is thrown on a wheel from coarse, unrefined iron bearing clay.

The grey ash glaze has been painted on the body with a straw brush as seen on Korean hakeme chawan. A stone in the wall has exploded in the fire - a very sought after effect ( see pic number 2 ), giving this type of Karatsu bowls its name: ishihaze (exploding stone). At the rim is a repair in silver lacquer ( refer to pic number 2 )

The Momoyama Period tea bowl has a new unmarked wooden box (kiribako) of good quality.

Size: 7,5 cm height x 12,7 cm diameter.


Shipping included .



Excavated Edo Oribe Teabowl - 16th. century     1.450 $


Cylinder shaped (Hantsutsu - slightly destorted but not a Kutsugata yet) tea bowl made of light, rough Mino clay. The fastly but expertly thrown body in the style of a Narumi-oribe bowl, which is a variation of green Oribe style. The whole body with the exception of the foot and it surrounding area are covered with a thin ash glaze, a low iron content of the body has coloured the the glazed part light brown; the brim is accented with copper oxide glaze. The underglaze decoration in iron oxide consists  of blossoms (Mon ?) and a fence like design, both highlighted with white engobe. The bowl is thinly thrown and light for its size. Inside the foot ring is an incised + mark.


Dm: 14.8 cm

H:   8.2 cm

Dm Foot:    6.7 cm



450 year old Beni-Shino Chawan Momoyama Period      1800 $   sold already




Only one of a kind! Distorted half cylinder shaped (near kutsugata) tea bowl made of light, coarse unrefined Mino clay. It dates from the Momoyama Period.

The expertly thrown body is covered with the typical feldspatic shino glaze inside and outside, with the exception of the bottom' the roughly cut foot ring. A very minor iron oxide content of the clay has changed the white shino glaze to light pink (beni). This is absolutely rare. (Beni-shino is a variation of E-Shino and should not be mixed up with Aka-Shino (red Shino), which is a variation of Neziumi-Shino). The outside decorated under the glaze decorative characters (kanji), which are difficult to read as they are not in use since the early Edo period.

No cracks or repairs.

The bowl comes in a new tailor made box with silk (chirimen) pouch (shifuku), pillow (futon) and corner protection (hashira) made about 30 yrs. ago in Tokyo for about USD 400.

Size: 8,6 cm in height, 13,7 in diameter.

Shipping included.



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