Condition: Excellent

Houan Nakazato ‘Winter’ Tea Bowl

Nakazato “Winter” Tea Bowl: Taroemon XIII, (Houan Nakazato). From the Nakazato family kiln, (kama), in Karatsu, on the southern Island of Kyushu, this beautiful, classically-shaped tea bowl, (Usucha), for thin tea, has a warm, grey glaze, with the bowl’s interior showing a smooth crackled surface. The Bowl has a “kiln-kiss” on the shoulder, which gives it an unmistakeable “datsuzoku” (surprise) look and feel to the piece. Irregularities and imperfections, such as a “kiss” are highly prized, considered one of a kind, and often featured in the Tea Ceremony. The foot 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. Muan 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. Dates from the 1st half of the 20th century.

Dimensions: 5” dia. x 3 -1/4”h

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