Antiques 10-18-08

Who has owned the bowl or piece can add as much or more to the value as the work itself. The oribe bowl was owned by Kohori Kishinan,  see http://www.enshuryu.com/e-enshuryu.htm. I am unsure of the reading for his given name. Mr. Kohori was the 11th. head of the Enshu Ryu school of tea、see http://www.enshuryu.com/e-index.htm. Owned by him, not made by him. The fact he wrote a song on the lid adds as much to the value as the work. I don’t see anything peculiarly Japanese to this. It is the same as the  provenance of a painting, in the sense the word is used for the ownership trail. This bowl is different in that this famous person enhanced the value by writing a song on the box cover.

I really like the hakeme bowl. It speaks to me. I can’t really say why, I don’t usually go that much for hakeme but this one rings. There is a large crack that has been repaired on the bottom. My guess is this crack is original, i.e., it was there when the piece was removed from the kiln. I have heard of bowls made in Shoji Hamada’s time that had the bottom repaired because of an over enthusiasitc cut during turning.

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