This superb piece is emblematic of Kyoto ceramics from the Edo period (17th to 19th century).
It is a “Kyō Yaki” bowl, a style of ceramics born in the heart of Japan’s imperial capital, where the best potters and most precious materials were to be found. That’s why the pieces created in this style are so fine, with elegant hand-painted motifs and often enhanced with pure gold details.
Kyō Yaki ceramics are inextricably linked with the rise of tea culture in Japan: artists vied with each other in creativity to decorate the bowls (chawan) then used in the tea ceremony. This refined chawan, 11,5 cm in diameter and 7,5 cm high, is a fine example.
Kyō Yaki chawan and their graceful motifs are particularly sought-after by enthusiasts past and present. Whether to contemplate them, use them again as part of a tea ceremony, or use them to enjoy any other type of beverage: indeed, kintsugi is the only restoration technique compatible with food use.
This unique, hand-painted piece is magnified by a 24-carat gold kintsugi restoration.
This superb bowl is sold with its finely finished paulownia wood protective box, called Tomobako. Not an insignificant detail for lovers of Japanese antiques. Indeed, the lid often bears valuable information, such as the name of the craftsman or the place where the ceramic was fired. This is why chawan sold with their original tomobako are more sought-after by collectors, who consider that this increases the piece’s value.