Meiji Bijutsu

Red Raku-yaki Chawan by Yamada San-an

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1980: Item # 1157550
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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This magnificent Raku-yaki chawan (Raku ware tea bowl) was made by a master Raku potter named Yamada San-an (1906-1995). Yamada San-an was a businessman who fell in love with Raku tea bowls and created them out of sheer passion, in a way, reminiscent of Kawakita Handeishi’s (1878-1963) approach to pottery.

He started making chawan in 1934, and held his first solo exhibition at the very respectable Kochukyo gallery in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, in 1959. The profits of his exhibitions always went to charity. In 1988, his last exhibition was again held at the Kochukyo gallery.

This particular chawan was inspired by the work of genial chawan potter Hon’ami Koetsu (1558-1637) and is a great example of the classical beauty of those vessels. The asymmetry of the shape and the subtle balance of colors and texture create a sublime representation of the universe as thought by tea ceremony masters.

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The chawan is in perfect condition and will be shipped in two wooden boxes, as it is often the case with superior potteries in Japan. Dimensions: 13 x 10.5 cm (5.2 x 4.2 in)

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