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 on request

This rare tea bowl was thrown on a wheel and made of unrefined iron-bearing clay. It is coated with a white slip with a fine crackled glaze that partially falls off the rim and runs down the wall. Its color shows soft pink tones. The overall shape is not round but slightly distorted.

The coarse shard visible on the elaborate foot is softened by more than two centuries of handling. Traces of sand inside. Distinctive, unique feature is a large stone that bursts through the wall (ishihaze). The bowl is an excellent piece that very much suits the taste for the imperfect, random.

Comes in perfect condition with old box and beautiful cotton pouch. The cloth bag itself is a unique work of art, made from a fragment of 17th/18th century printed Indian fabric with a design of linked medallions and geometric floral patterns in indigo blue and washed red. These fabrics, called sarasa in Japanese, were popular with wealthy families. Because of their high price as an imported foreign material, sarasa fabrics were treated as treasures, and even the smallest pieces of sarasa were used to wrap precious objects used in the tea ceremony as a symbol of both the owner's creative taste and economic background.