Mizuya

Small chawan by Aoki Mokubei

Small chawan by Aoki Mokubei Sold

Small kosode chawan (sleeve tea bowl) by famed Kyoto potter Aoki Mokubei (1767-1833). This type of small bowl was made for enjoying tea ceremonies while traveling. Wonderful wabi-sabi , hand-sculpted form and thickly glazed rim with drips that sit frozen in mid-fall, providing a sense of dynamic movement to an otherwise quiet and humble piece.

Aoki Mokubei was a student of Okuda Eisen and was known primarily as a sencha potter. His work — which also included painting and was typically more refined in style than this piece — is highly regarded and collected by museums around the world. Robert Yellin’s 2003 article on Kyo-yaki for the Japan Times lists him as one of the “The Three Great Masters” of Kyo-yaki (Kyoto Pottery):

Quote:”Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743), his predecessor Nonomura Ninsei and his successor Aoki Mokubei (1767-1833) are known as “The Three Great Masters” of Kyo-yaki (Kyoto pottery).”

Condition: Excellent. Although this is an old chawan, it was obviously well cared for.

Size: 4.13 x 2.68 inches / 10.5cm  x  6.8cm

Museum Collections: Three-layered food container, Kyoto National Museum