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A thick sided gosu Mentori Chawan by Kawai Toru enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The bowl is quite large, with deeply sculpted sides covered in rose with iron rim and base. Inside is crackled white with some infusion of color with use. The box is a dome-lidded Shiho kiri box of fine quality, titled and signed within. Judging by the hi-iro of the base the artist has used a blended Shigaraki clay. The bowl is 5-3/4 inches (14.5 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Toru was born in 1941, the son of Kawai Takeichi. He apprenticed jointly under his father and Grandfather in 1964, making him the last disciple of Kanjiro Kawai, and it is he who seems to have lived up to his mentors expectations, synthesizing the Kawai style and taking it to the next level.