Blue and white tea bowl of cylindrical form on a tall foot, painted with two pairs of characters ji xi “fortune and happiness” in stylised octofoil lotus flower head reserves on cash and scale diaper grounds beneath a band of scrolls at the rim and above two blue lines on the foot, the rim with mushikui.


3 1/2 inches, 8.9cm diameter.

Tianqi/Chongzhen, circa 1630.

Japanese wood box.

· No other identical tea bowl appears to be recorded.

· One of similar shape painted with yu character “to relate” from the Itsu-o Fine Arts Museum is illustrated by Masahiko Kawahara in Ko-sometsuke Monochrome Section, no.215, p.57. For another similar of slightly smaller dimensions see The Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo exhibition catalogue Kosometsuke and Shonzui, no.69, p.51.

Enquire About This Item

Enquiry Form

Bi-Monthly Newsletter Subscription