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An original piece by the second in the line of Choraku potters. This bowl is stamped twice on the side and once on the pedestal with the mark of Ogawa Choraku II (1912-1991).
The Choraku line began when a student of Kichizaemon XI (Keinyu) and Kichizaemon XII (Konyu) opened an independent kiln in Kyoto in 1904. The line was officially given the name Choraku in 1906 by Choyuken, the head of a very influential tea ceremony association. Red Raku chawan are a favorite of tea enthusiasts and seem to have a face for every mood. In the right light they may appear like an amber sunset on the horizon. In another light, like lanterns moving through a misty field. Aka-Raku tea bowls offer the user many opportunities for deep contemplation.
This piece is 4.5 inches (11.5) in diameter and 3 inches (7.5cm) tall. It is in excellent condition and wrapped in a red silk cloth. The signed tomobako shows nice age and on the lid written in Chinese characters are the words “三つ印” denoting three seals on the bowl, “赤茶碗” aka-chawan, and the name of the artist Choraku “長楽” with his seal.