Shino chawan with maples leaves

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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, 12 cm in diameter and 8 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.

Myriam’s view:

I particularly like the Japanese maple, or Momiji, decorating this chawan. The Momiji is a very important tree in traditional Japanese culture: contemplating its red leaves in autumn is a moment of the year as eagerly awaited by the Japanese as the cherry blossom. This type of plant motif is very common in the world of the Japanese tea ceremony, which adapts to the passing of the seasons. That’s why the objects used to make tea are often adorned with characteristic plants to allude to the current season, as is the case with this very autumnal chawan.

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12cm / 4.7inch


8cm / 3 1/4inch


Kyoto, Japan

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24 carats Gold, Japanese sandstone, Urushi (Japanese lacquer)

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