The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.

Exquisite Old Seki Chawan Tea Bowl

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1920: Item # 1470443

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A raw earth chawan tea bowl that is just stunning. When I look at it I am at a loss for words. It is so simple, to be honest, I think you need to hold it in your hands to truly get it. Lightweight, dark outside as if from eons of handling, yet inside is light, orange-tinged. There is an indistinguishable mark along the foot-ring. The bowl is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter, 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall and in excellent condition. It comes in an old padded silk pouch in an old red-lacquered wooden box. I would guess this comes from the Meiji to Taisho era, 2nd half of the 19th to early 20th century, when there were many artists exploring the unglazed wares known as Nanban or Shimamono. Unfortunately my mediocre photography skills cannot do justice to this one.