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Extremely rare! Tea Bowl of Nin'ami Dohachi

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We present a real rare item. A fantastic tea bowl by legendary potter Nin'ami Dohachi made about 180 years ago, during Japanese Edo Period. Take your chance to get it.

Nin’ami Dohachi (born as Takahashi Mitsutoki; 1783-1855) worked in Awata until he set up a kiln in Fushimi, near Kyoto, in 1842. Dohachi was specialized in tea ceramics and was famous for his recreations of other styles in stoneware and porcelain, especially his efforts to revive the Ninsei and Kenzan styles.

Besides his decorated raku tea bowls, his unkin-de bowls are impressive, with the irregular, undulating rims integrated into the decoration of white cherry blossoms(sakura) and red maple leaves (momiji). He was the second-generation head of the Dohachi family. His father, Dohachi, son of a retainer of the Kameyama fief in the province of Ise, established a kiln at Awataguchi in Kyoto in the Horeki era (1751/64), thereby forming his own school, and later assumed the name Takahashi Dohachi. Along with AOKI MOKUBEI, and EIRAKU HOZEN, the younger Takahashi Dohachi was one of the most famous makers of kyo-yaki (Kyoto ceramics), especially polychrome (overglaze) enamels in the later Edo period (1600/1868). As a teenager he followed his father into the ceramics trade, and then became a disciple of OKUDA EISEN. From 1806 he was permitted to conduct official business with the prince/abbot (monzeki) of the temple Shorenin, which secured his reputation as the leading potter of Awataguchi. In 1814 he moved to the Gojozaka district, where he built a kiln and perfected the craft of making blue-and-white ceramics. He produced some superbly elegant pieces of kyoyaki (extant) in the styles of Ogata Kenzan (see OGATA, (2)) and NONOMURA NINSEI, and copies of Honami Koetsus (see HONAMI, (1)) famous Raku teabowl called Kamiya. The techniques he used to make copies of Chinese ceramics (karamono; Chinese things) or of Korean works from the Koryo period (AD 918/1392) were second to none. Unlike Mokubei, however, who emphasized Chinese elements, Dohachi preferred Japanese coloration. He also produced highly accomplished sculpted objects such as incense containers and hand-warmers in the form of Jurojin and Hotei (two of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune), cats, badgers and dogs. Cherry-blossom and maple-tree designs on enamel adorn some of his finest works, many of them completed after his retirement to Fushimi. In the 1990s the family was headed by the eighth-generation Dohachi.

The item will be sold together with its old wood box (kiribako).

Size: 2,6'' height x 5,3'' length x 5,9'' width.

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