A very attractive chawan (tea bowl) made by Ohi Toshiro (b. 1927), a tenth generation potter from the prestigious Chozaemon family, which has been associated with the world of the Japanese tea ceremony since the 17th century.
The olive glaze is a little unusual for Ohi ware, mainly known for the ame-yu (amber glaze) veiled bowls and other tea utensils. Yet, unmistakably, this superbly balanced vessel is another sublime work by the master craftsman.
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.
The chawan is in very good condition. It bears the seal of its maker at the foot and will be shipped in a signed wooden box.
Size 12 x 8 cm (4.8 x 3.2 in)
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