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Perfect Aka Shino early 17th. century chawan              already sold




 Here we are proud to present another perfect early 17th. century chawan in museum quality.

Low cylinder shaped (hanzutsu) tea bowl made of light, fine but unrefined Mino clay with sone iron oxide content. The expertly thrown body is covered -with the exception of the bottom and the roughly cut foot ring - with the typical feldspatic Shino over an iron oxide based engobe. Akashino is just a variation of Nezumishino, due to the higher temperature (?) the glaze has turned red instead of grey. 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.

No repairs, no cracks - perfect antique condition. A wood box is part of the offer.

Size: 8,2 cm height x 13,7 cm diameter.

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E-Karatsu Chawan with box          800 $   sold already

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This tea bowl is in excellent condition and comes with a special wood box with describtion of its content ("Karatsu Tea Bowl Edo Period")

It is perfectly thrown and has no repairs or cracks except inborn kiln cracks and the glaze is still vivid and strong.

Size: 2,6'' height x 5,2'' Diameter.

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Edo Chawan of greatest Poet Otagaki Rengetsu with poem      995 $   sold already






This is an Edo period chawan by Japans greatest Poet Rengetsu Ōtagaki ( 1791 - 1875 ).

It shows a poem of herself, tastefully carved onto the tea bowl. The chawan has a wild and rough look and an aesthetic kintsugi ( gold repair ). A tasteful woodbox is also included.

Size: 2.4'' height, 4.3'' width.

Ōtagaki Rengetsu was a Buddhist nun who is widely regarded to have been one of the greatest Japanese poets of the 19th century. She was also a skilled potter and painter and expert calligrapher.

Born into a samurai family with the surname Tōdō, she was adopted at a young age by the Ōtagaki family. She was a lady in waiting at Kameoka Castle from age 7 to 16, when she was married. However, her husband died in 1823. Ōtagaki joined the temple Chion-in and became a nun, taking Rengetsu ("Lotus Moon") as her Buddhist name. She remained at Chion-in for nearly ten years, and lived in a number of other temples for the following three decades, until 1865, when she settled at the Jinkō-in where she lived out the rest of her life.

Though best known as a waka poet, Rengetsu was also accomplished at dance, sewing, some of the martial arts, and Japanese tea ceremony. She admired and studied under a number of great poets including Ozawa Roan and Ueda Akinari, and later in her life became a close friend and mentor to the artist Tomioka Tessai. A number of Tessai's works, though painted by him, feature calligraphy by Rengetsu.

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Kuro Oribe Chawan from Edo Period with fantastic black glaze       750 $   already sold




An absolutely stunning Edo period (1700s) Kuro Oribe Chawan covered in thick, ink-black crackle glaze and some fine cream colored decoration.

The slightly irregular kutsu-gata form settles easily into the palm of the hand, with the built up rim resting lightly on the fingers. A high quality box called Shiho-zan is part of the offer. The four sides of the box are surrounded.

No chips or repairs.

It is unsigned, as would be typical of older tea implements.

Size: 2,8'' height x 4,6'' length x 5,8'' width.

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Edo Kuro Oribe Kutsu Chawan with box      650 $






Here we present a tasteful kuro (black) Oribe kutsu chawan from the mid Edo period.

It has an interesting shape with fantastic black glaze and two different images on it. This bowl is unmarked, which was typical for tea bowls of this era.

We offer this tea bowl with a very good box (kiribako).

No cracks or repairs - except inborn kiln cracks. Good antique condition with some traces of use due to the age.

Size: 8,3 cm height x 14,2 cm diameter.


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Very old Karatsu Chawan with tasteful design     495 $



 Very old Karatsu Chawan (early Edo), slightly deformed rare wan type.



It is thrown on a wheel from coarse unrefined iron baring clay and has tasteful colours.

Smooth feeling in the hands and great antique condition with expected fine hairline cracks and inborn kiln cracks.

Size: 11cm diameter, 7cm in height.


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Edo Period kutsu-gata chawan of black oribe ware     750 $   already sold


An absolutely stunning Edo Period black Oribe tea bowl covered in thick, ink black glaze with a floral and abstract design.

The slightly irregular shaped kutsu-gata (shoe shaped) form settles easily into the palm of the hand, with the built up rim resting lightly on the fingers.

The tea bowl comes together with a good box with pouch (shifuku) and corner protections (hashira).

Size: 7,5 cm height x 14 cm diameter.

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Extremely Rare - Tea Bowl of Nin'ami Dohachi     1400 $   already sold


We present a real rare item. A fantastic tea bowl by legendary potter Nin'ami Dohachi made about 180 years ago, during Japanese Edo Period. Take your chance to get it.

Nin’ami Dohachi (born as Takahashi Mitsutoki; 1783-1855) worked in Awata until he set up a kiln in Fushimi, near Kyoto, in 1842. Dohachi was specialized in tea ceramics and was famous for his recreations of other styles in stoneware and porcelain, especially his efforts to revive the Ninsei and Kenzan styles.

Besides his decorated raku tea bowls, his unkin-de bowls are impressive, with the irregular, undulating rims integrated into the decoration of white cherry blossoms(sakura) and red maple leaves (momiji). He was the second-generation head of the Dohachi family. His father, Dohachi, son of a retainer of the Kameyama fief in the province of Ise, established a kiln at Awataguchi in Kyoto in the Horeki era (1751/64), thereby forming his own school, and later assumed the name Takahashi Dohachi. Along with AOKI MOKUBEI, and EIRAKU HOZEN, the younger Takahashi Dohachi was one of the most famous makers of kyo-yaki (Kyoto ceramics), especially polychrome (overglaze) enamels in the later Edo period (1600/1868). As a teenager he followed his father into the ceramics trade, and then became a disciple of OKUDA EISEN. From 1806 he was permitted to conduct official business with the prince/abbot (monzeki) of the temple Shorenin, which secured his reputation as the leading potter of Awataguchi. In 1814 he moved to the Gojozaka district, where he built a kiln and perfected the craft of making blue-and-white ceramics. He produced some superbly elegant pieces of kyoyaki (extant) in the styles of Ogata Kenzan (see OGATA, (2)) and NONOMURA NINSEI, and copies of Honami Koetsus (see HONAMI, (1)) famous Raku teabowl called Kamiya. The techniques he used to make copies of Chinese ceramics (karamono; Chinese things) or of Korean works from the Koryo period (AD 918/1392) were second to none. Unlike Mokubei, however, who emphasized Chinese elements, Dohachi preferred Japanese coloration. He also produced highly accomplished sculpted objects such as incense containers and hand-warmers in the form of Jurojin and Hotei (two of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune), cats, badgers and dogs. Cherry-blossom and maple-tree designs on enamel adorn some of his finest works, many of them completed after his retirement to Fushimi. In the 1990s the family was headed by the eighth-generation Dohachi.

The item will be sold together with its old wood box (kiribako).

Size: 2,6'' height x 5,3'' length x 5,9'' width.

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