This visually rich Mashiko stoneware teacup features an eye-catching applied relief decoration depicting sakura blossoms on a single branch along with two falling petals. The crisp, refined sakura blossoms truly ‘stand out’ against the cups more rustic body, which is glazed in an interesting color combination of dark brown and celadon. There is a small amount of grit present in the clay, which is most noticeable on the dark brown glazed portions of the cup. By contrast, the celadon glazed sections are relatively smooth to the touch. With its varied textures, this cup is a delight to hold. The cup is also slightly larger than the photo may suggest. Standing at approximately 2.6″ and with a 3.5″ diameter, this teacup fits nicely in your hand and holds a generous portion of liquid (5+ oz).
In the early 20th century, the Mingei Movement heralded a move 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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