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Absolutely rare Setoguro Chawan from the 16th. century       1.200 $     sold





This is an absolutely rare black Seto chawan ( setoguro chawan ) from the late 16th. century or probably the late Momoyama Period.

Blackish-brown glaze amalgamates with a wild and roughly thrown body. It is very heavy for a tea bowl, almost 500g. Please note that there is also an interesting kiln mark ( watch image number 3 )

Setoguro yaki is high-fired ware that originated in the late 16th century. Black glaze is achieved by removing the iron-glazed pots from the kiln when they are red-hot (a technique called hikidashi guro).

Great condition - no damages, no cracks except inborn kiln cracks.

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

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 Edo Period Green Glaze Oribe Chawan       sold



This beautiful chawan ( tea bowl ) was made in the oribe style, a more than four hundred year old tradition from the central part of Japan in the ancient Mino province.

That tradition was in part influenced by tea master and warrior Furuta Oribe ( 1545-1615 ) who developed his own style of tea ceremony. The bowl is very well made and in perfect condition. It dates from the mid Edo Period and has no repairs or damages except inborn kiln cracks. The green glaze is very vivid and strong.

It has a kiln mark, which is not readable.

A wood box can be added for a little fee. Just ask me.

Size 8.4 centimeters height, diameter 11 centimeters, trunk diameter 12 centimeters.

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Early 17th century Japanese ex museum gutsu-gata chawan            already sold




Our Kutsu / gutsu gata ( shoe shaped ) tea bowl is made of iron bearing Karatsu clay.



Its fastly but expertly thrown body is glazed inside and outside, with the exception of the bottom including the roughly cut foot ring with an ash glaze which has some Feldspat mixed in glaze. The decoration under the glaze is painted in dark brown iron bearing clay directly on the body - flying birds.

To prevent the glaze from flaking off at the rim, iron oxide was painted under the glaze there. The glaze is uneven, with orange skin effect and pin holes, which is typical for early Edo products, when the output was high but the control of the kiln temperature was still difficult.

It is a masterpiece and reference chawan of the early 17th century and it was part of the Momoyama Ceramic Exhibition in Germany in 2011.

Of course it is published in a great book ( written in English / German with a text of Japanese Ambassador in Germany ), which is also available from us or online.

Perfect condition.


Diameter: 15.2 cm

Hight: 7.4 cm

Foot ring: 7.5 cm

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Brilliant E-Shino Chawan from the early 17th.century                 sold





We like to offer you a distorted cylinder shaped ( hanzutsu ) tea bowl made of light, fine but unrefined Mino clay.

The expertly thrown body is covered with the typical feldspatic Shino glaze inside and outside, with the exception of the bottom and the roughly cut foot ring. Under the glaze is a decoration of bold vertical lines crossed by horizontal lines ( may be a fence in iron oxide on one side and 'grass' on the other ). Parts of the rim are decorated with iron oxide, too. Clay and rough glaze with orange skin effect and large pin holes indicate a rather early manufacturing date and firing in an anagama.

Next to the foot ring is an unidentified kiln mark - partly covered by glaze ( please compare on image number 8 ). The white clay shows the typical black discolouration by forest soil.

A wood box is included.

This high quality chawan from the earliest Edo Period is in exceptional great condition, uncomparable to other pieces of this era. No cracks or repairs.

Size: height 8,7 cm x diameter: 11,8 - 13,4 cm x foot ring 6,5 cm.


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Mid Edo Karatsu Tea Bowl over 200 years old          sold


This interesting piece is a ko-karatsu ware ( old Karatsu ). This appellation designates early pottery from the kilns of the town of Karatsu, located on the island of Kyushu, Japan. The date of the foundation of the first karatsu kilns is uncertain, but there seems a consensus for it to be around the beginning of the 16th century during the late Muromachi period ( 1336-1573 ). The first potters were from Korea, and they brought to Japan techniques which contributed to the creation of unique wares first destined to be used by common folks, but which gained the admiration of the Tea Masters of the late 16th century.

This particular piece probably dates from the 17th century or maybe the early 18th century. It has an interesting combination of qualities. the smoothness of its thick multiple colored glaze contrasts wonderfully with the sublime rustic character of the kodai.

Good antique condition with some peeling of glaze and little holes due to kiln firering.

If you wish to purchase it with a vintage kiri wood box the additional fee will only be 30 $.

Size: 4,5 cm height x 13 / 13,5 cm width.

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