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Black Oribe Kutsu-Gata Tea Bowl

Momoyama Period, 1568-1600

Height: 8cm Length: 14cm

A “shoe-shaped” tea bowl of black Oribe style from the Mino Kilns. The stoneware body is a light brown color and is covered with a glaze that varies from dark reddish brown to black. The glaze has fired to a mottled texture with areas of crazing and pitting. Surrounding the girth of the undulating body, there is a continuous incised line with three cross hatches, all inlaid with slip and showing white against the dark body. The glaze was applied by dipping the bowl three times, which has left the underside unglazed in an uneven triangular patch, revealing its brown clay body. The uneven circular foot rim is flattened on the bottom and scooped out in the center of the underfoot, where there is a maker’s mark in the form of a single horizontal line.
This kiln mark can be found on three bowls of similar period and decorative technique, all published in Sekai Touji Zenshu, ShoGakuKan Tokyo 1976. pls. 109-113 and fig. 49-50.
There is a long chip along the rim and an hairline crack emanating from the rim, both with old gold lacquer repairs. This piece was formerly in the collection of Sir William Van Horne (1843-1915) Montreal, purchased from K. Fukushima of New York. It is illustrated in an inventory of his collection.
K. Fukushima, New York, late 19th c.
Sir William Van Horne, Montreal Canada, late 19th c.
Unknown private collection(s)
Vajra Gallery, Berkeley, CA 2011
Private Collection, USA