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A very rare set of Rwnmoku Beer Mugs by John Chappell (1931-1964) made in Japan and enclosed in the original signed wooden box bearing his JC stamp. They are 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) tall, 3-1/2 inches (8.5 cm) diameter excluding the handles, and both are in fine condition.
The British potter John Chappell is often associated with Bernard Leach, and indeed worked, as did Leach, in Japan at the studio of Kawai Kanjiro with his nephew Takeichi. He began his potting carreer at Murray Fieldhouse in 1950, and moved to Coldharbour pottery in 53, then to Wilstone in 55. His tour of the Far East centered in Japan, but also had him teaching in New Zealand and woring in Australia, where he died in a motorcycle accident in 1964. Several works by this artist are held in the collection of the Victoria Albert Museum. For more on him see “Conetendown: studio pottery in New Zealand, 1945-1980”, (2009) by Bateman, Elliott and Skinner. Although he is British, as they were fired in Japan we are listing them under the Japanese pottery heading.