Seto-yaki | Glazed Tea Cup | Taisho Period

This set represents a set of six, (6,) Seto ware tea cups with a “straw-striped” design in red, blue-green, and yellow on a white porcelain background. The white glazed background is unevenly dripped to form an irregular edge before it reaches the bottom of the sides of the cup. The base of each cup is natural brown pottery with the glazed signature of the artist on the bottom.

These cups are wonderful to the touch and fit nicely in the hand to feel the heat of the contents, (tea), and for visual interest. Excellent condition. Dimensions: 2-3/8” dia. x 3-1/2”h.   

Additional Information —

The history of Seto-yaki, (Seto ware), dates back to the 8th century in Aichi prefecture. At this time, it was the only area in Japan producing glazed ceramics. During the Edo period, (1603-1867), Seto’s ceramic industry flourished due to the production of a range of items, from those for everyday household use to exquisite works of art.

Historically, Seto’s natural resources make it ideal as a center for producing fine quality porcelain and pottery goods. The clay in the surrounding mountains is of superior quality and has a high silica content. There are also dense forests nearby to provide wood to fire the kilns. Over 1,000 ancient kilns have been discovered in various parts of the Seto region.

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