MAGNIFICENT LARGE ANTIQUE JAPANESE STONEWARE TEA JAR. Hand Crafted Chado Masterpiece, Edo Period (1600s-1700s) Exquisite Japanese Shigaraki stoneware Chatsubo representing the epitome of the Japanese wabi sabi aesthetic. Natural, rustic presence exhibiting serenity and strength. Proud, solid form with a sublime patina from centuries of appreciation. Incorporating handsome ash glaze drips over the surface, the tasteful details on this piece harmoniously blend to bring forth a sense of abiding tranquility. Exhibits an abundance of feldspar crystals, a characteristic highly prized by connoisseurs of Shigaraki ware. The reverse displays a sensual simplicity and smooth surface texture that is almost lifelike. Four looped handles, which allowed the lid to be tied securely, exhibit the finger impressions of the original maker from 300-400 years ago. Originally utilized to store tea during the age of the Shogun and Samurai, these early jars became honored display pieces in the tea ceremony, and are highly valued by collectors and museums. Due to the rustic nature of its wares, and the kiln’s closeness to Kyoto where the tea ceremony flourished, Shigaraki wares were often used in chanoyu. The natural beauty of these wares were highly favored by Rikyu and Japan’s tea masters. They were frequently used in the tokonoma alcove as vases for ikebana flower arrangements. If only this magnificent jar could tell of the gatherings it quietly witnessed. This outstanding chatsubo is one of the finest we have seen, a masterpiece, all the elements appearing to have come together quite naturally. In excellent antique condition with wear and patina commensurate with age, adding attitude and character, desired in the wabi sabi aesthetic. Both pleasing visually and also tactilely inviting, this superb museum quality tsubo is of significant size, measuring approximately 13″ tall and 12″ wide at the shoulder. A rare and magnificent example of Japanese life and expression, and an exquisite centerpiece for the discriminating connoisseur of world class Japanese antiques and tea ceremony accoutrements. See 12 photos above left. Note: Similar Chatsubo held by the world’s finest museums. See the following links for more information. Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional… It is also two separate words, with related but different meanings. “Wabi” is the kind of perfect beauty that is seemingly-paradoxically caused by just the right kind of imperfection, such as an asymmetry in a ceramic bowl which reflects the handmade craftsmanship, as opposed to another bowl which is perfect, but soul-less and machine-made. “Sabi” is the kind of beauty that can come only with age, such as chips, wear, or the subtle antique patina. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs. In one sense wabi-sabi is a training whereby the student of wabi-sabi learns to find the most simple objects interesting, fascinating and beautiful. Fading autumn leaves would be an example. Wabi-sabi can change our perception of the world to the extent that a chip or crack in a vase makes it more interesting and gives the object greater meditative value. Similarly materials that age such as bare wood, paper and fabric become more interesting as they exhibit changes that can be observed over time. VIEW OUR OTHER ANTIQUE TREASURES & OFFERINGS HERE. 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Please note that cause for return does not include barely noticeable minor wear commensurate with age or slight color variations from different computer monitors. The item “1700s JAPANESE TEA JAR SHIGARAKI CHATSUBO Antique Edo Pottery Chado Tea Ceremony” is in sale since Thursday, April 4, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Tea Caddies”. The seller is “flowerheartsmile” and is located in Bellevue, Washington. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Type: Tea Jar
- Region of Origin: Japan
- Age: Pre-1800
- Primary Material: Porcelain & Pottery
- Maker: Shigaraki
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
- Color: Brown