Karatsu Ishihaze Chawan

Mid Edo Period (1603-1868), 18th Century

Inv. Nr. #18.006
Date Mid Edo period, early 18th C.
Material Glazed stoneware
Dimensions H 6,6  x Diam. 11,2 cm

Comes with fitted old wooden box and cloth bag, made of 17th/18th Century Indian fabric.

Price: EUR 7,500

This rare tea bowl was thrown on a wheel and made of unrefined, iron bearing clay. Coated with a white slip with fine craquelling glaze, that partly drops from the rim running downwards the wall. Its color shows tones of soft rose nuances. The overall shape is not round but slightly distorted.

The coarse shard, visible at the skillfully shaped foot, is softened due to more than two centuries of handling. Traces of sand in the inside. Distinct, unique feature, however, is a large stone, that bursts though the wall (ishihaze). The bowl is an excellent piece that very much suits the taste for the imperfect, accidental.


Comes in perfect condition with old box and beautiful cloth bag. The cloth bag itself is an unique artwork, made of a fragment of Indian printed fabric from the 17th/18th Century with a design of linked medallions and geometric-flower patterns in indigo blue and washed red. These fabrics, called sarasa in Japanese, were popular among wealthy families. Due to their high price as imported, foreign material, sarasa fabrics were treated like treasures and even the tiniest pieces of sarasa were used to wrap precious object from the tea ceremony as a symbol for both, the creative taste of the owner as well as his economic background.