A masterpiece tea bowl by Iga master Tanimoto Kosei, accompanied by his signed and sealed original storage box.
Kosei was born in 1916 in Iga city, Mie Prefecure. He made his National Debut as an oil painter artist, his interest in traditional Iga-yaki ceramics started in 1945, and he becomes an Iga potter in 1947, enjoying a long apprenticeship under master potter Komori Shinobu and Sakuzo Hineno at the Institute of Nanagu Ceramics in Ueno, Mie Prefecture.
Tanimoto Kosei opened his own kiln (Mitagama) in 1956. Since 1960 his works are held by a number of public and private institutions and museums as well as numerous collections in Japan and abroad. He combines the traditional technique "Ko-Iga" with a modern architectural form.
Tanimoto received many many awards for his wonderful works, including the Regional Culture Merit Award from the Minster of Education in 1996 as a regional contribution to the development of modern Iga and has won the Mie Prefecture Education Award in 1997. He was named an Intangible Cultural Property for Mie prefecture (the state level version of Living National Treasure) in 1980. He is mentor and teacher for a new generation of Japanese Iga potters including Fujioka Shuhei.
Size: 8,9 cm height x 12,4 cm in diameter.