Later Lê Dynasty White Slip Teabowl with Lotus Petal Design in Underglaze Blue


A blue and white teabowl fired in the Later Lê dynasty in Đại Việt (current Vietnam). It has a neutral bowl shape with an everted rim and an unglazed circular stacking mark on the well. In Japan, this is an example of what is called Annam Shibori-de (Vietnamese tie-dyed type). It has excellent crazing skin decorated with faint and vague paintings, which makes the nuanced beauty of the piece.

This piece was presumably made in the Bat Trang kiln, where potters moved from the Chu Dao kiln in Hai Duong Province at the end of the 16th century, a central production area for trade ceramics. This type belongs to the later period of Vietnamese trade ceramics, and there are more excavated examples in Japan than in the Southeast Asian countries.

It is an inherited piece after excavation. The parts that look like a chip on the rim should be a kiln flaw, and a few hairlines mixed into crazing, partially aged but with no significant defects. It comes with a drawstring pouch and fits in a box with the label “Annam Shibori-de Chawan”.

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