This is a Karatsu-Yaki Sake Cup by Taroemon XIII, (Houan Nakazato). Purchased at the the Nakazato family kiln, (kama), in Karatsu, on the southern Island of Kyushu, this beautiful, classically-shaped Sake cup has a warm, white glaze, with the bowl’s interior glazed white, with brown feathering of the lip which run over into the exterior surface. Irregularities and imperfections are highly prized, considered one of a kind, and often featured in the Tea Ceremony. The bottom is unglazed, and shows the “three-dot” mark, (Kamajirushi), of Houan Nakazao, Toroemon XIII, born in 1923. He assumed his title after the passing of Muan Nakazato, Toroemon XII in 1985. Houan Nakazato was designated a “Living National Treasure” in 1976, and in the process returned Karatsu-Yaki to the forefront of Japanese ceramics. Condition of the piece is excellent, with no chips or cracks. Dimensions: 5” dia. x 3 -1/4”h
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection