A Shino tea bowl is widely considered to have its own unparalleled kind of beauty with its thick, white, feldspathic glaze and spontaneous decoration in iron underglaze. This piece, as with others of this family, have an unmistakable sense of softness and naturalness. It is beautifully textured with a natural bleeding of the brown and white glazes. The piece is a “winter” teabowl, and has a low footring, and is signed on the bottom by Higashi Azuma. Age: 1960s. Kiriwood box used to protect the piece. Dimensions: 16-0”cir. / 5-0”dia. x 3-1/2”h.
Shino pottery originated in the Mino Province (modern-day Gifu Prefecture) from the time of Japan’s artistic “renaissance” in the late sixteenth century. Shino ware was so highly prized by tea masters and connoisseurs of old pottery because of the purity of its white surface, and its warm, quiet charm. Its finish is the result of the firing in the kiln, and one of the most natural processes used in pottery making. Shino ware is the spirit of tea, complimenting the simplicity of the tea house, and the essence of Japanese pottery.
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