Interesting and rare set of Iga chawan by the "grandfather" of modern Iga-yaki, Tanimoto Kosei and his son, Tanimoto Kei. Both of these wood fired chawan are robust pieces that typify the work of each artist and the modern Iga movement with areas of rich green ash balanced against toasty hi-iro fire color and allowing the tsuchi-aji, clay taste to be enjoyed as well. In each of the photos, the Tanimoto Kosei is on the left and the Tanimoto Kei on the right showing the characteristics, surface and the posture of each of the chawan. The Tanimoto Kosei chawan measures 13.4 x 8 cm and is potted out of a finer, whiter clay body while the Tanimoto Kei measures 13.5 x 9.2 cm and is thrown out of a slightly coarser, buff stoneware, both are in great, original condition with their signed wood boxes.
Both father and son are well represented in literature, with their works being illustrated in numerous catalogues and books as well as being collected in a number of private and public collections. This is a unique opportunity to collect chawan by father and son, master and pupil that helped move Iga pottery into the 20th and 21st centuries.