A delicately appealing Chawan by Ito Motoihiko decorated with a single flower enclosed in the original signed wooden box. titled Nunome Sakura Moyo Chawan (Cloth textured Cherry Blossom Pattern Tea Bowl). The single fragile blossom opens brightly from among fresh red-tinged leaves, lighting up the scene like the moon, which fades to darkness on the opposite side, flower petals fluttering into obscurity. It is a quintessential theme for the tea room, and a wonderful commentary on the Japanese aesthetic.
Size, D 12.3 cm H 8.7 cm
Ito Motohiko was born in Fukuoka prefecture, 1939, and graduated the Tokyo University of Art in 1964, then moved on to advanced courses there, finishing in 1966. While at University he studied under Kato Hajime and Fujimoto Yoshimichi. It was in 1967 his first piece was accepted into the 6th Modern National Crafts Exhibition, and the next year would be spent working under to-be-Living National Treasure Matsui Kosei. His list of prizes and exhibitions is much too long to reproduce, but since 1967, he has Exhibited with the Nihon Dento Kogeiten, Nihon Dento Kogei Shinsaku Ten, Dento Kogei Musashino Ten, Tanabe Museum Modern Tea Forms Exhibition, been the subject of an NHK Television documentary, and participated in a ridiculous number of private exhibits at many of Japans top venues, and has been purchased by the current Emperor in person as well as receiving the Shijuho-sho prize from his majesty.