Golden seams, borrowed patches, and metal rivets. - These were basically the techniques generations of Japanese artisans treated all sorts of ceramic damages with. This tea bowl here looks like a master’s show piece – or let’s say show-off piece, an object truly suitable for demonstrating his ability to treat a broken piece of pottery and turn damage into value. 


Kintsugi Tea Bowl

Karatsu, 17th century

Mending probably 18th century

Height 7.5 cm (3 in.), Diameter 12 cm (4 ¾ in.)

Old box with inscription


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Kintsugi Tea bowl | Karatsu

SKU: 2558
Bachmann Eckenstein