Fukawa Type Hagi Ware Cylindrical Cup | Japan, 18-19C


Hagi ware with decorated with the streaked ash glazes on white glaze. The unique streaked glaze mixed with wood ash glaze and straw ash glaze is a design often used in the Fukawa kiln, Hagi in the mid to late Edo period. The brown color by wood ash glaze and white color by straw ash glaze are mixed like a marble and into green color.

The beginning of Hagi-yaki was when Mori Terumoto, the local feudal lord, and founded the kiln by the potters brought back from the Joseon Dynasty when he played the The Japanese invasions of Korea of 1592–1598. It was originally called Matsumoto-yaki named after Matsumoto-mura, where the kiln is located, but in 1653, the third son of Lee Kei, Gorozaemon Kurasaki, asked the load for independence and a branch kiln was opened in Fukawa Sonose (currently Fukawayumoto, Nagato City) located in the west of Matsumoto-mura. It was not until the Meiji era that these two kilns came to be called “Hagi ware”.

While the Matsumoto kiln, which was a kiln under the direct control of the feudal load, mainly baked tea bowls, the Fukawa kiln, which had a folk kiln character, mainly baked household daily tablewares. For this reason, most of the old Hagi ware are from the Matsumoto kiln, but rarely from the Fukawa kiln, which has the style of tea pottery.

The bottom of the base has a smooth feel, indicating it has been prizing for many years. There are no notable defects other than tiny kiln scratches and the condition is good.

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