Fine Japanese art and tea implements

A Black Tea Bowl by Raku X (Tannyû) (1795-1854)

A Black Tea Bowl by Raku X (Tannyû) (1795-1854)


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1456800

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Born the second son of Ryônyû, the 10th Raku Kichizaemon Tannyû took over the family kiln in 1811 at the age of 16 and served until his retirement and subsequent handing on of the title of Kichizaemon to his son-in-law Keinyû some 34 years later. Retaining many of the unique stylistic innovations of his father including his clay trimming technique, Tannyû went on to establish several new family kilns and to produce wares for both 10th and 11th Tokugawa Lords. The piece seen here is a classic example of the best Raku-ware has to offer.

In fine antique condition, this tea bowl is 4.75 inches across (12 cm) and stands 3.2 inches tall (8cm).It comes with a modified box that took the signed and sealed cover of the original box (tomobako) and used it as a floor for a new box that was commissioned—a common practice in Japan when the original box is damaged in some way. The new box with the original signature and seal was then certified by the Head Tea Master of Omotesenke, Sei-sai. Contact us for additional images, examples of seals and signatures, and for more information regarding this specific piece. For information on the 10th Kichizaemon Tannyû, have a look at the Raku Museum official web page here: https://www.raku-yaki.or.jp/e/museum/collection/collection_11.html