SETO CHAWAN

茶碗

 

 

 

 

Setoyaki 瀬戸焼

Pottery made in Seto city and nearby areas of modern Aichi prefecture. The Seto area was the center of pottery manufacture in the Kamakura period; koseto (old seto) designates pieces made at this time. At the end of the Muromachi period the center of the pottery manufacture moved to nearby Mino. At that time, wares made in the area from Seto to Mino were called setoyaki. In the early Edo period, some pottery manufacture moved back to Seto. In 1822, Katou Tamikichi (1722-1824) introduced sometsuke jiki from Arita in modern Saga prefecture, and this porcelain, called shinsei (new production) rather than the original Seto ware pottery, hongyou became standard. In the Meiji period, setoyaki adapted Western techniques, gaining great popularity. In addition to plain seto, mujiseto, the Mino kilns also produced several types of Seto wares from the mid-16c, including setoguro  (black seto), and kiseto (yellow seto). It utilizes an iron-rich wood-ash glaze and is reduction fired at a high temperature to produce a celadon-like texture and bone color; in an oxygen-rich kiln, the minerals in the clay and glaze create a distinctive opaque yellow glaze. Motifs are etched in the clay, then highlighted in green. Typical shapes, glazes and decoration all reflect functions in the tea ceremony or kaiseki meal.

Offered for sale is this beautiful purple, white and green vintage Seto Chawan. I picked this up in Japan several years ago as it caught my eye. While I am unsure of it's exact age, examination reveals that it is certainly not a new bowl.  My estimate is that it is at least 40-50 years old and quite possibly older.

5.125" (13cm)  X  2.75" (7cm)

 

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