This exquisite small chawan (tea bowl) was made by an artist who has influenced contemporary Japanese pottery like very few others; Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959). Rosanjin devoted his entire life to the studies of art and the creation of beauty and was an accomplished artist whose work encompasses many genres of fine arts from calligraphy to ceramics. In the case of pottery, it is said that whatever Rosanjin would made could be used for the highly refined Japanese tea ceremony. The simplest of his work contains a deep appreciation of beauty and is highly spiritually charged. He is one of the rare artists to have become a household name in Japan and his contribution to the world of art constitutes a milestone in that nation’s culture.
The bowl is very humble in appearance, and only gradually unveils its charms. The delicate balance and subtle variation of tones inside and outside the chawan reveal a sophisticated microcosm. Once properly used as a recipient for emerald tea, the bowl becomes a divine vessel that invites pious thoughts.
The chawan, is signed and in perfect condition; a minute 2 x 4 mm chip on the foot's rim has been professionally repaired with lacquer and gold (please see picture). The bowl comes with a box which bears the seal of the Kuroda Toen Gallery in Shibuya, as a certification of the authenticity of the chawan. The owner of that gallery, Kuroda Kusaomi, is a recognized expert on Rosanjin.
Dimensions: 10 cm x 6 cm (4 in x 2.4 in), Weight: 190g (6.7 oz)
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