Miscellaneous Pottery – ICHIKAWA Toshimitsu: White shino chawan with impressed seal mark and a signed wooden box.

Height: 7.9 cm (3.1 inches)    Diameter: 12.4 cm (4.9 inches)

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I have little information about the artist, Ichikawa Toshimitsu. However, I believe that this white shino glazed teabowl is an example of Mino ware. This has been made in the Tajimi and Toki regions in Gifu Prefecture since the late 16th century. The wares are made from a fine local clay, which is easy worked and is low in iron. The impressed potter’s seal is to be found on the unglazed area near to the foot ring but it rather small so is difficult to pick out in the image.