The exterior of this cheerful Mashiko teacup is covered with wide, angled brushstrokes in two lovely shades of blue. The cup is also coated in a thin milky white matte finish glaze, giving it a soft and serene appearance. It is thick-walled, with a subtly flared shape, and a wonderfully formed, pedestal-like footring. The height and degree of flare varies from cup to cup (see last product photograph). A charming teacup that would pair well with either modern or rustic teawares.
In the early 20th century, the Mingei Movement heralded a shift towards a distinctive ‘folkcraft’ appearance and modest simplicity in everyday pottery items. These items did not try to emulate the rustic styles of Raku, Bizen and Shino pottery, but attempted to elevate the significance of works by everyday potters, whose livelihood was being threatened by the large ceramics manufacturers in Japan. Mashiko pottery gravitated towards simple designs, earthy glazes, and everyday shapes.
Slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese tea wares are to be expected. We have carefully photographed this item as best as possible – please be aware that different device screens can render colors and subtle tones slightly differently.
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