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Ohi Tea Bowl of the 9th Chozaemon Ohi with Kintsugi Gold

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1940: Item # 1357860

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We present a stunning Japanese tea bowl made 80 years ago by the legendary 9th Choraku Ohi (1901-1986), enclosed in its originally signed and sealed wooden box. Aesthetic highlight is the perfect kintsugi gold repair, which makes this tea bowl to a unique treasure. Highly recommended for sophisticated collections.

The Ninth Chozaemon was the son of the Eigth Chozaemon who had been making tea utencils from age sixteen until his death at age eighty-six. At 26,he received his title of Ninth Ohi Chozaemon following after his father. In the early 1900's, the awareness and appreciation of the tea ceremony and the utencils that accompanied it was not present however, later in the century the cultural preservation of this tradition and renewed interest allowed the artists and makers of tea wares to prosper. The Ninth Ohi Chozaemons' drive to remain contemporary while still preserving the Ohi tradition led him to display many of his works in public exhibitions including the Japan Traditional Arts and Crafts in Contemporary Society. His works not only reflect the influence of generations before but also that of the rapidly changing contemporary environment. In 1970, he received the gold award of tea and culture from the 14th Urasenke Grand Tea Master, Tantansai(1893-1964). In 1978, he was named Toudosai by the 15th Urasenke Grand Tea Master, Hounsai. After receiving this honor, he signed his wares using both names Chozaemon Ohi and Toudosai (Todosai). Matsunaga Jian(1875-1971), a famous tea master, was one of the Ninth Chozaemons' greatest patrons. Their relationship led to the creation of many tea bowls which are now displayed in the Ohi Museum Collection. His talents and skills are most revealed through his tea bowls with Ohi black Glaze. It is said that he was a very calm and humble individual his entire life which also is reflected in his works.

Ohi ware has become well known for its use of Ame-gusuri, or amber glaze. Being a Raku style, it was low-fired and is quite light and soft in the hands. Tea bowls or Sake cups are sculpted from a single piece of clay and no potter's wheel is used.

By using special picks and tools, the Ohi master chips away moist clay until bowls or cups has taken form. The glazes are magnificent earth tones, and Black glazing is often applied as with Raku but the trademark, amber glaze is the epitome of the style.

When Senso Soshitsu (1622-1697), the Urasennke Grand Tea Master, was invited to Kanazawa in 1666, the founder of Ohi ware, Chozaemon visited Kanazawa togather. Chozaemon was the highest apprentice of Raku Ichinyu. In 1686, he built a new klin in Kanazawa, and started Ohi ware.

Size: 10,2 cm height x 10,5 cm in diameter.

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