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A very elegant and mature tsutsu style chawan created by Ito Tozan III (1900-1970), third generation of the Ito Tozan line of potters. Tozan, who at one time worked in the kiln of Hamada Shoji, learned pottery from his father Ito Tozan II (1871-1937) and his grandfather Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) from a very young age. Tozan III received many prestigious awards during his years as a potter and has the distinction of having his pottery held by the Imperial Household.
Tsutsu chawan have an especially attractive shape and are used mainly in the depths of winter to keep in the heat and prevent the tea from cooling too quickly. Tea disciples of all stripes appreciate this type of bowl for its elegant lines and functional properties.
This piece is 4.1 inches in diameter (10.5cm) and stands 3.7 inches tall (9.5cm). It bears the artists seal on the base and comes with a signed tomobako and yellow cloth bearing Tozan’s seal. The bowl is in excellent condition and has a noticeable “hasami-no-ato,” or mark from the tongs that removed it from the kiln. This is desirable as it adds a certain unique flair to the piece.