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 Old Japanese Kyoto-Yaki Teabowl of Edo Period with Gold Repair                              800 $


This very unusual Kyoto ware chawan is decorated in underglaze blue on a buff stoneware body.

The motifs are very odd and present mysterious pictures a poetic calligraphy.

Inside are 5 spur marks indicating that these bowls were stacked inside each other in the kiln. A previous owner has obviously been very attached to the bowl as it has several fine "kintsugi" gold lacquer repairs.

The Teabowl was made in Edo Period at the end of the 18th. century. Condition is very good with no damage and no repairs other than the aforementioned "kintsugi".


Diam. 5 1/2 ins. (14 cms) Ht. 3 ins. (7.6 cms)






A Japanese Chawan from the Kelekian Collection (Ex. Museum)                1.100 $


This Tea Bowl (Chawan) in the style of Kenzan is decorated in white slip and underglaze iron. It is in excellent condition, there is a tiny chip on the lip but no other damage and no repairs. It dates from the late Edo Period.


The Tea Bowl is from the Dikran G. Kelekian Collection.

Kelekian (1868-1951) was a very important dealer and collector, largely in the fields of Islamic and Modern French Art.

He had galleries in Paris and New York and was a major supplier to American Museums. The Metropolitan in New York has over 1000 items from him, plus five portraits of him including one by André Derain. The base of the vessel has 6 labels attached among which is Cleveland Museum of Art label. We contacted the museum and they confirmed that the bowl had been part of a collection of pottery which had been lent by Kelkian to the museum in 1929. Twenty years later, in 1949, the collection was then transferred to the Cincinnati Museum of Art.

Subsequent to this the collection was apparently dispersed, possibly through auctions. We have been unable to identify any of the other labels; it is likely that at least one was Kelekian's inventory number.

Ht. 3 1/2 inches x 3 3/4 inches in diam. (8,8 x 9,5 cm)




Japanese Edo Period Antique E-Karatsu Tea Bowl with Kintsugi Gold Repair     750 $   sold already



As being passionate connaisseurs of Japanese Tea Bowls we always do our best to impress our visitors with tea bowls, which are for sure singular artworks.

Here we show and exhibit a treasure of Japanese tea ceremony culture. A very old Edo Period E-Karatsu chawan with tasteful gold repair 'gintsugi' (kintsugi) and mysterious signs - this tea bowl emanates the essence of true wabi sabi.

It has been part of our valuable chawan collection for almost 100 years.

Only few tea bowls of this time era have signatures, the exhibited tea bowl is one of them. But I was unable to identify the artist's name.


Dia. max. 6.1"(15.5 cm) x 2.2" (5.5 cm)



Takatori Tea Bowl from the Uchigaso Kiln - Active 1614-1624 -                   1.900 $       SOLD

Wan shape with a small foot and no Kagami (mirror - tea pool) inside. The light iron bearing clay is decorated in the style of a Korean Miji-Hakaeme bowls: inside and the upper three quarters on the outside covered with a whitish Engobe over which a transparent ash glaze was applied, just sparing the inner part of the foot.

The Uchigaso kiln was the second of the Takatori kilns established by Korean potters, it was active between 1614 and 1624.


The bowl was exhibited in the Momoyama Exhibition in the Keramion in Frechen in 2011 as No. 156

Dm: 13.8 cm

H:   6.2 cm

Dm Foot:    5.2 cm

Kiribako inscribed on a sticker on the lid "Takatori Uchigaso Chawan Shutsudohin (excavated)


Antique Raku Chawan by 10th. Kichizaemon Tan-Nyu in original box Edo Period   Sold



Impressing black Raku tea bowl, signed Kichizaemon, of the Raku family. The signed box is labeled “10th generation”, which means Tan-nyu (1795-1854). It represents true Japanese Chado, made from of one of the most famous potter clans in Japan. Most pieces of Kichizaemon Tan-nyu are hold in museums.

Tan-nyu Raku was born the second son of Ryonyu, he succeeded as the 10th generation Kichizaemon in 1811. He was given the name Tan-nyu at this retirement in 1845 by Kyokosai, 10th generation Head of Omotesenke, Shoo Sosa (1818-1860).

Condition is good. Only a tiny chip ( please judge the photos ), but it does not reduce its unique charakter.

Size: Width 4.7 in : Length 4.7 in : Height 3.0 in : Weight 240 g + Signed box 180 g



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