Comfortable in the hand and with a unique textured black Raku glaze, this tea bowl by 20th century potter Samukawa Seiho would make a fine addition for collector and practicing tea devotee alike.
Born in Osaka at the very end of the 19th century, at a young age his family moved to Kyoto where he would later take up an apprenticeship under well-known potter Sawada Sozan. After achieving a high degree of skill in his craft, he then took a position with a ceramics company where he worked as a manager for several years before deciding to open his own studio. An innovative potter, Samukawa experimented with a number of styles and glazes which eventually lead him to the discovery of the glaze seen here that he named “Nachi-guro.” Recognized by the Japan Agency of Cultural Affairs as a Person of Cultural Merit, he was also honored with the prestigious Gold and Silver Rays decoration in the year of his passing.
In excellent condition this piece is 5.2 inches in diameter at its widest point (13.2cm), and stands 3.8 inches tall (9.6 cm). It comes with its original box signed by the artist, wrapped in a protective cloth, and with an insert in Japanese detailing the kiln and the potter. *** International shipping and insurance included in the price.