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10-piece Mugiwara Tea Bowl Set by Rokubei Kiyomizu V

10-piece Mugiwara Tea Bowl Set by Rokubei Kiyomizu V

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1920: Item # 1364162

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With a traditional wheat-straw pattern commonly seen in Seto-ware and in the Mingei pottery movement of the 20th century, these lovely tea cups are perfect for an afternoon Japanese sencha gathering.

One of the most popular and important Japanese potters of the last 150 years, Rokubei Kiyomizu V (1875 - 1959) has been regarded by some as the most talented in a long line of Kiyomizu potters and as a cornerstone of the illustrious Gojo-zaka district in Kyoto. Recognized and awarded distinctions not only by the Japanese imperial family but also by heads of foreign nations, his Chinese influenced porcelains, Rimpa style painting, and overglaze enamel works are exceptional. After retirement in 1945, he handed on the family name to his son and continued to produce works under the name Rokuwa for the next 14 years until his eventual death in 1959.

In fine antique condition, each of the 10 cups is 3.3 inches in diameter (8.5 cm) and stands 2 inches tall (5 cm). The lid of the box reads: 麦藁茶碗十客 "mugiwara chawan jyu-kyaku" (set of 10 cups with wheat-straw pattern). Kiyomizu the 5th's (Rokuwa's) signature can be seen on the box and the seal can be clearly seen impressed on the bottom of each cup.