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Tenmoku is the Japanese word for a type of tea bowl first produced in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). It also refers to a mountain between China's Zhejiang and Anhui Provinces (Mt. Tienmu in Chinese, Mt. Tenmoku in Japanese).     The original name for these wares in Chinese was jianzhan. The first mention of tenmoku in a Japanese document occurs in 1335 in a record by Onkei Soyu, a monk who studied at Mt. Tienmu. In the 13th century, Tenmoku wares made at kilns in Fujian Province…

Tenmoku is the Japanese word for a type of tea bowl first produced in China…

Bowl, Song dynasty (960-1279). Jian ware; Stoneware with black glaze. H. 4.8 cm; diam. 13.5 cm. Bequest of Russell Tyson, Art Institute of Chicago ©2015

Bowl, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Stoneware with black glaze. Bequest of Russell Tyson, Art Institute of Chicago

The Kuroda Family Yuteki Tenmoku. A highly important and very rare ‘oil spot’ Jian tea bowl, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

The Kuroda Family Yuteki Tenmoku. A highly important and very rare ‘oil spot’ Jian tea bowl, Southern Song dynasty

A Jian Pottery Tea Bowl, Song Dynasty, having a black and brown mottled glaze and of circular, footed form with an outwardly flared lip, the glaze stopping in thick drips above the exposed pottery foot. Diameter 4 5/8 inches.

A Jian Pottery Tea Bowl, Song Dynasty, having a black and brown mottled glaze and of circular, footed form with an outwardly flared lip, the glaze stopping in thick drips above the exposed pottery foot.

織部黒茶碗 (桃山時代、元屋敷陶器窯跡出土、口径14.8cm/器高8.1cm/高台径6.1cm)。腰部からほぼ真っ直ぐ立ち上げ、口縁部で肥厚させ外へ開く。体部を沓形に変形させ、丁寧な横方向のヘラ削りで整えた後、口縁部や胴部に筋を付け、縦ヘラで面取りや筋を加えている。内面から胴部外面にかけて、鉄釉を施すが、胴部外面には二方に三角の掛け残しの窓を設けている。口縁部の釉は内外面とも拭き取られる。胴部外面には、鉄絵と掻き取り文様が施され、窓の一方にカルタ風の四角い文様が、もう一方に仮名文字が文様化して描かれる。掻き取り文様は梅花を表し、長石釉でなぞられる。底部は丹念にヘラ削りされ、休部と同じような沓形の輪高台を削り出している。高台内には「一」のヘラ記号がある。

織部黒茶碗 (桃山時代、元屋敷陶器窯跡出土、口径14.8cm/器高8.1cm/高台径6.1cm)。腰部からほぼ真っ直ぐ立ち上げ、口縁部で肥厚させ外へ開く。体部を沓形に変形させ、丁寧な横方向のヘラ削りで整えた後、口縁部や胴部に筋を付け、縦ヘラで面取りや筋を加えている。内面から胴部外面にかけて、鉄釉を施すが、胴部外面には二方に三角の掛け残しの窓を設けている。口縁部の釉は内外面とも拭き取られる。胴部外面には、鉄絵と掻き取り文様が施され、窓の一方にカルタ風の四角い文様が、もう一方に仮名文字が文様化して描かれる。掻き取り文様は梅花を表し、長石釉でなぞられる。底部は丹念にヘラ削りされ、休部と同じような沓形の輪高台を削り出している。高台内には「一」のヘラ記号がある。

Celadon-Glazed Tea Bowl on a Narrow Foot Ring, late Song dynasty (960-1279)

Celadon-Glazed Tea Bowl on a Narrow Foot Ring, late Song dynasty - Alain.

Lot 707. The Kuroda Family Yuteki Tenmoku. A highly important and very rare ‘oil spot’ Jian tea bowl, Southern Song dynasty...

The Kuroda Family Yuteki Tenmoku. A highly important and very rare ‘oil spot’ Jian tea bowl, Southern Song dynasty - Alain.

AN OLD CHINESE TEA BOWL Decorated in a 'hare's fur' glaze. Dia. 10cm.

AN OLD CHINESE TEA BOWL Decorated in a 'hare's fur' glaze. Dia. 10cm.

A lavender-blue 'Jun' bowl, Southern Song Dynasty

A lavender-blue 'Jun' bowl, Southern Song Dynasty - Alain.

A fine small Junyao 'bubble' cup Northern Song Dynasty

A fine small Junyao ‘bubble’ cup, Northern Song Dynasty

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