A remarkable chawan (tea bowl) by Ohi Chozaemon VIII (Choraku) (1851-1927). The Chozaemon family of potters has been associated with the world of the Japanese tea ceremony since the 17th century.
The Chozaemon lineage started with Hodoan (1631-1712), apprentice to the fourth heir of the Raku family of potters. In 1666, he accompanied Senso Shoshitsu (1622-1697), the fourth heir of the Urasenke school of Japanese tea ceremony, to the city of Kanazawa, the capital of the Maeda clan’s province, Kaga (current Ishikawa prefecture). In the village of Ohi, the first Chozaemon established a kiln which still produces superior tea ceremony wares and since the Meiji Restoration, ceramics for everyday living, too.
This particular bowl is a tsutsu chawan (cylindrical tea bowl); those are used during winter, as their elongated shape keep the tea warm longer. The play of glaze is superbly done. Choraku managed to create a delicate yet sublime balance between the amber glaze and the oribe green. And the light shape of the vessel is reminiscent of bowls made by Raku Kichizemon IX; a master trimmer.
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The chawan is in very good condition and will be shipped in a signed wooden box.
Dimensions: 9 x 9.5 cm (3.6 x 3.8 in)
Worldwide shipping: EMS $38 (with insurance and tracking)
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