CHADŌ – The Beauty of Japanese Tea Ceremony
恬靜閑寂 – 日本茶道美學
Online Auction: 9–18 October 2022 • 12:00 PM HKT • Hong Kong | 網上拍賣:2022年10月9-18日 • 下午 12:00 HKT • 香港

CHADŌ – The Beauty of Japanese Tea Ceremony 9–18 October 2022 • 12:00 PM HKT • Hong Kong

Japanese Chadō 日本茶道

Chadō – the ceremonial act of preparing and appreciating powdered tea (matcha) – is one of the most classic cultural activity in Japan since the 12th century. The Japanese highly embraced their matcha tradition and further transcended their tea ritual to bridge philosophies of inner spiritual development and concepts of harmony. In a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, each minute detail – from its setting to the actual utensils used – is a demonstration of the host’s erudition and sophistication of the act. The practice of chadō and its ideology remain an integral part of the Japanese cultural heritage until the present day.


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Special thank you to 汴京茶寮 Tealosophy Hong Kong and for the generous support for our themed photoshoot.

The MQ Collection莫勸齋珍藏

Although tea was introduced to Japan as early as the Tang dynasty, it was only during the 12th century when the tea ceremony was widely practised in Japan beyond aristocratic and religious circles. The key figure who pioneered this revolutionary change was the Zen Buddhist monk Eisai. Song dynasty ceramics from China were particularly favoured as utensils for the ritual. We are honoured to present in this sale a curated selection from the MQ collection.

Practising as a distinguished art professor as well as a revered art critic, the master of the MQ collection has a sharp aesthetic vision. He followed the footsteps of his family line of collectors, and started his collecting journey first in modern oil painting, then later expanded into ancient Buddhist sculptures and Song dynasty ceramics. He is particularly drawn to the beauty of forms and the philosophy of ancient Chinese culture – a pursuit which is reflected in the essence of Song dynasty ceramics.

‘Of all the teas in the world, Jian is the best; Beiyuan in Jian is the best of the best.’
Zhou Jiang's Sequel to The Classic of Tea [Bu Cha Jing]





Yulinting kiln in Fujian province was known to produce some of the finest black-glazed teabowls and were classic vessels for tea consumption in the Song dynasty. Extant Yulinting tea bowls are particularly rare. The spectral contrast between the intrinsic jet-black glaze and the radiating gilt decoration on the present bowl would have greatly enhanced the aesthetic experience of the ceremonial preparation of whisked tea.


Shimmering Beauty of Lacquer 耀目閃爍漆藝

A Journey inspired by the Song 日本茶道中的中國陶瓷

Song ceramics from China have played an intrinsic part in the development of Japanese tea ceremonies. They were adopted by Japanese tea masters and contributed significantly to the formation of styles within the Japanese tea ceremony, and have been passed down through generations as treasured heirlooms.


Contemporary Japanese Masters 日本當代名家

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