The Chitra Collection: Tea Wares of Japan

The Chitra Collection: Tea Wares of Japan

The next article about the assortment of historic teawares possessed by the N Sethia Foundation concentrates on things from Japan, where the intricate history of tea drinking and tea utensils is closely bound up with Zen Buddhism, the royal court, class, politics, and trade.


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The Chitra Collection: Tea Wares of Japan
The Western-style Satsuma tea set for six people, with teapot, sugar cane, and milk jug, is adorned with pictures of cockerels, hens, pheasants, ducks, and other birds in a variety of landscapes and also gold embellishment on the rim of each piece. It had been made near the end of the 19th century by Seikozan, a Satsuma manufacturer who became famous for the fine quality of his job when a few producers sacrificed quality for quantity to meet the demands of this market.

Text by Jane Pettigrew • Photography Courtesy of
N Sethia Foundation

Published at Fri, 23 Aug 2019 11:00:02 +0000