This lovely vintage Kyoto ware porcelain tea pot called 茶瓶 Chabin or and tea cups called yunomi in this size. This lovely set was made about 30 years ago. A tea set made of Kyo-yaki porcelain is hand poured and covered with autumn- rust red glaze. The top of the teapot is outlined in a blue and white enameled design called the 'square sash pattern' or a 'Yomoda' like pattern which actually originated with the kimono. The handle is all real woven bamboo. A metal basket is included for steeping tea leaves in the pot. It is a quality set and well made. There are a few spots of age where the glaze is rubbed off as seen in the pictures and most likely occurred in the making. Otherwise, the set is in vert good condition with no cracks or chips. It is signed on the bottom by the potter, I did not get the information of who it is if the kiln or potters name, but will work on it. The signature looks very familiar. We have had someone look who reads Japanese, and she is not totally sure what the mark says
Tea Pot : Diameter 4.7" or 12 cms, Height 3.9" or 10 cms, to lid 6.1" or 15.5 cms
Tea Cups : Diameter 3.3" or 8.3 cms, Height 2.2" or 5.4 cms
Kyoto Ware or Kyo-yaki, Kiyomuzu yaki
Kiyomuzu yaki is the old name for Kyoto Ware pottery. In the 17th century, in Kyoto, then Japan's cultural capital, kilns produced lead-glazed pottery like the pottery of southern China. The city pf beautiful artwork is of many generations of families of potters with the skill of the potter being handed down through each generation. Some of the most modern looks, new skills and well known potters art are currently known for their Kyo-Ware or Kyo-yaki for pieces from the past 10-40 years. Please see our many other items from Kyoto of all ages and from many well know and famous artists.
Although this craft dates back to before the Heian period (794-1185), the making of pottery began in earnest when the capital of Heian-kyo (now Kyoto) was founded in 794. Since that time Kyoto has been the home to many famous potters and the birthplace of many fine pieces of work. Famous potters such as Ninsei and Kenzan were at work in the 17th century and then in the 19th century, the potter Eisen successfully fired porcelain, while such masters as Mokubei, Hozen and Ninami were remarkably active during the same century. Great advances were then made from toward the end of the 19th century with the introduction of various techniques from around the world, when German ceramists were invited to come to Kyoto.
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