Aochibu and Clematis Kutani Houhin Japanese Teapot Set with 2 Teacups
This delicately painted teapot set made from Kutani ware comes in a detailed hand- painted Aochibu style, one of the symbolic painting styles of Kutani ware. "Ao" means blue and "chibu" means dots.
Evenly-sized small dots are painted onto the dark background to create a special texture. A great deal of skill is required to make the dots the same size, evenly spaced, and the same blue color.
All items are decorated with the Aochibu design with impressionistic drawings of clematis flowers and arabesque patterns in gold. Clematis flowers stand for integrity and deep compassion, and the arabesque pattern is an auspicious pattern representing prosperity and longevity.
This set includes a "houhin" teapot, a "yuzamashi" water cooling pitcher and 2 teacups.
A "houhin" is a teapot without a handle and is designed to brew premium quality Japanese tea leaves that need to be infused at lower temperatures. The design helps to concentrate the flavor of high-quality tea leaves such as "Gyokuro" by infusing the leaves slowly with hot water at about 60°C(140°F). The tea strainer is a "sasame" where the filter is made at the opening of the spout inside the pot with the same porcelain material. The houhin is held by two fingers with the other hand supporting the bottom.
The triangular cup is called a "yuzamashi" which is actually a small pitcher used to cool boiled hot water to the appropriate temperature suited to make aromatic and rich tea.
The two cups are slightly smaller in size with a fairly large diameter. One can enjoy the rich aroma and flavors of the tea with this design.
This set is perfect for special occasions when enjoying Japanese tea with your family and guests, and will also make a wonderful gift.
This tea set, made using the traditional techniques of Kutani ware, is a design that will never go out of style and can be used for a long time.
- Quantity: 1 houhin, 1 yuzamashi and 2 cups
- Dimension: Houhin with lid 11.5cm(4.5in) x 9.5cm(3.7in) x 7.0cm(2.8in)
Yuzamashi 10cm(3.9in) x 7.5cm(2.9in) x 4.7cm(1.9in)
Cup D7.4cm(2.9in) x H5.2cm(2.0in)
- Capacity: [Houhin]130ml(4.4oz) [Yuzamashi]90ml(3.0oz) [Cup]110ml(3.7oz)
- Material: Porcelain - Kutani ware
- Origin: Made in Japan
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About kutani ware
Kutani ware is a type of pottery produced in the Kaga region of Ishikawa Prefecture and it has a history of over 350 years.
It is characterized by the heavy brilliance of the five colors of green, yellow, red, purple, and navy blue that are applied to the bold and daring lines.
Its long history has evolved through the tireless efforts and enthusiasm of people who have sought innovation while maintaining tradition.
In the early 1700s, the Kutani kilns were closed, but about 80 years later they were opened and Kutani ware was revived.
The beauty of the various styles and methods of painting is known as "Japan Kutani" and is highly regarded around the world.