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Wonderful Shino Tea Bowl - 19th century - with wood box       sold already


We like to present you a 150 year old tea bowl made of Shino ware. It was made around the late Edo/early Meiji period.

White pottery is coated with white and light grey glaze. Very tasteful. It comes with a Japanese wood box (kiribako).

As you can check on the pictures, it is in good antique condition with no chips, cracks or repairs.

Size: 7,7cm height x 11,4cm in diameter.

 Shipping included


Early Meiji Mishima Chawan     350 $   sold


Wonderful Mishima chawan with irregular form, made around the end of Edo, surely during the early Meiji period.

The first mention of the Mishima style comes in Eiroku 8 (1565) in a tea diary. Yet the mi kanji recorded in this diary is that for "to see," while the city of Mishima uses the kanji for "three," its whole meaning being "Three Islands." Some scholars therefore believe that the Mishima for which the pottery is named is derived from an island off the coast of Yamaguchi called Mishima, its kanji being the "see" one. A stopping place for trade, city-bound users of the tea bowls would only hear the island's name "Mishima" without seeing the kanji. This ambiguity has caused some confusion and leaves a page of the history of Mishima ware unwritten.

Good condition.

An old wood box will be delivered with this chawan.

Size: 5,5 cm height x 15 cm width.

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Satsuma Hibi-yaki tea bowl with gold lacquer       sold already


Satsuma hibi-yaki tea bowl from the late Edo, early Meiji Period with its antique wood box.

The bowl has a narrow meshed net of fine cracks and a tasteful gold lacquer. Great work.

Size: 7,6 cm height x 12 cm diameter.

 Shipping included


One-of-a-kind! 120 year old Raku Chawan with Chinese characters        sold already






One-of-a-kind!!! This is an item sui generis. A yellow glazed Raku chawan, dating from the Meiji Period (ca. 120 years old) with its original signed wood box.

The chawan is in superb condition with no chips or cracks. Around the bowl are carved chinese characters. The tea bowl is very solid and fits perfectly into the palm of the hands. Great chawan!

Size: 9,6 cm height x 11,7 cm diameter.

Shipping included.



Japanese antique hand shaped Tanba chawan          sold





Wonderful hand shaped Tanba chawan, made 80 - 100 years ago. The tea bowl is well balanced and has a perfect shape.

No chips or cracks.

The bottom is signed. Good Wabi Sabi aura. Great!

Size: 6,5 cm height x 11,7 cm in diameter.

Tanba-yaki pottery originated approximately 800 years ago and has played an essential role in people’s daily lives, as well as becoming sought after as artwork in recent years.

Its distinguishing feature is its simplicity and absence of decorative flourishes. It consists mainly of tableware made for daily use, made with a view to being a part of daily life. Practical knowledge about daily life was drawn on in making Tanba-yaki pottery, so that the finished product is easy to use, and to the touch imparts a sense of the warmth of the earth and of the people.


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Early Meiji/late Edo Period Shigaraki Chawan with wabi-sabi aesthetic   sold



 Today we like to present you one of our Shigaraki Chawans, roughly pottered and burned in a true wabi-sabi way around the mid 19th. cent.


Highly recommanded for lovers of Japanese aesthetics.

There is an old kiln mark and, rarely seen - 3 holes inside the foot. Great display piece.

The local sandy clay from the bed of Lake Biwa has a warm orange color, and makes very durable pottery. This clay characterizes Shigaraki ware. The ceramics have irregular contours and an archaic flavor. Firing technique shifted from reduction to oxidation firing, which allows free admission of air during the firing rather than limited air admission into the kiln. This allows iron oxides to be used as part of the coloring process. The allowance of free air is due to the type of ancient kiln, called an anagama kiln, which is used to fire Shigaraki ware. The term anagama is a Japanese term meaning "cave kiln", as these kilns were usually constructed into the side of hills. They are single chambered structures with a sloping tunnel shape. The wood fuel must be constantly supplied in order to achieve temperatures high enough to fire the clay. Using this type of kiln also achieves the mineral glaze surface so popular with Shigaraki wares.

Depending on the placement of the piece, the resulting coat of ash and minerals will vary. An oatmeal appearance is usually the result, with a greyish to a reddish-brown colorizing the body. Small impurities protrude, caused by embedded quartz partially fired. Covered with a thin layer of overrun yellowish-brown to a peach blossom red color glaze that crackles when fired is also characteristic of the fired stoneware. A light, transparent, or almost glass-like glaze with a bluish-green tint also appears on some Shigaraki wares. The glazes were dribbled, sprayed or spattered over the ceramic surface. Unless allowed to gather in small pools, the glaze appears near invisible in most lighting, only becoming visible when the piece is held and turned in the hand. The ware also reflects geta okoshi, the clog marks, where the clay rested on supports inside the kiln before firing.

Size: 9 cm height x 11,5 cm in diameter.

Japanese wood box and shifuku available for 50 USD.


Shipping included.


Meiji Period Hagi Chawan with crackle Glaze      sold


Rough and heavy Hagi Chawan, over 100 years old (Meiji Period), with an expressive crackle glaze.

Aesthetic inborn kiln cracks make this chawan so special. No damages or repairs.

The signature chip located on the bottom (unknown potter to me) is a local tradition from the Edo period when potters would deliberately disfigure their wares in order to sell them to merchants instead of presenting them as gifts to the Môri clan.

A good wood box, a shifuku and shipping are included.

  Size: 2,9'' height x 5,6'' in diameter.


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