This sweet ‘travel’ set consists of a gaiwan and two cups. Both cups nest perfectly inside the gaiwan, making it compact and easy to transport (or just more convenient to store in your cupboard). Each piece is finished in a glorious, soft pale blue celadon glaze that has a dramatic craze pattern (network of fine cracks), present throughout. The overall appearance is reminiscent of the glaze used at the Ru Kiln, one of the Song dynasty era’s five famous kilns. Ru kiln pieces were prized for their beautiful, thickly-applied celadon glazes which had a soft luster in a pale blue hue with tinges of green, and featured wonderful crazing.
Unlike a traditional gaiwan, which is a small, lidded tea-steeping vessel that sits on a small saucer, the gaiwan in this set has handles, a tapered pour spout, and a filter made from three slits cut into the rim behind the spout. This style of gaiwan is often referred to as an ‘easy gaiwan’ since it is considered less difficult to hold and decant from than a traditional gaiwan. Due to the addition of the spout and filter, this style does require a slower pour than a traditionally-shaped gaiwan. The lid on this particular gaiwan fits perfectly, with no wiggle or wobble. Only a small portion of the three-slit filter is left uncovered by the lid, so no leaf will escape from the vessel when pouring. The brown cord-wrapped handles provide grip, and slightly temper the temperature of the clay when handling. All three pieces feel sturdy and substantial in the hand.
Slight variations in the painting, colors, tooling, patterning and kiln effects of Chinese and Japanese tea wares are to be expected. We have carefully photographed this item as best as possible – please be aware that different device screens can render colors and subtle tones slightly differently.
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