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
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