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A Studio Tea Bowl (Chawan) Signed Showa

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A Studio Tea Bowl (Chawan)  Signed  Showa
This is a fine Japanese chawan tea bowl with a very simple but lovely grayish blue crackle glaze. On one side there are two horizontal stripes in underglaze iron rust color. The chawan measures 4 12 diameter at the mouth and is 2 3/8 diameter at the foot and stands 2 high. There is an impressed raised signature on the inner side of the raised foot which is either SH or HS depending on which way one holds the piece. The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restorations. We date it to the 1960s-1970s.

We would love to be able to state that this is a piece by Shoji Hamada, the National Living Treasure potter however he is known to have never signed his pieces and stated that his work spoke for itself. There is a good possibility that the piece was made by one of the fine potters at the Leach Pottery in St Ives, This world famous pottery was established by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in 1920. One of the great figures of 20th century art, Leach played a crucial pioneering role in creating an identity for artist potters in Britain and around the world.

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