Sophisticated Hagi Chawan by Living National Treasure Miwa Kyusetsu X (Kyuwa) (1885-1981) with warekodai made 70 years ago.
Many of Miwa's chawan have a split cross footring called a warekodai that was favored by busho chajin (warrior tea men); it traces its origins to Korean chawan. This chawan has a rare warekodai with only one split.
Miwa Kyusetsu X was a member of the group around Rosansin an Arakawa, which revived the momoyama ceramic. He is a legendary figure, and reinvigorated the kiln site with elegant and contemplative Hagi teawares.
The Miwa family is one of the most important potting families in all of Japan. Their kiln was established in Kanbun 3 (1663) in the Matsumoto area of Hagi (in Yamaguchi Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast) in order to produce tea utensils for Lord Mori Terumoto. The successive generations of Miwa potters have produced all sorts of works besides tea ware, including Raku ware (Kyusetsu I and IV studied in Kyoto), figurines of mythical creatures (Kyusetsu VI and VII), and vessels for the table.
In the 1930s, when there was a “Return to Momoyama” revival (the Way of Tea was crystallized in the Momoyama Period, 1573-1615), Miwa Kyuwa (Kyusetsu X) revitalized the Hagi tea world with his warm and sensuous chawan and other tea utensils.
For his achievement he was designated Juyo Mukei Bunkazai (Living National Treasure LNT) by the Japanese Government in 1970. 1967 he changed his artist name to Kyuwa.
His tea bowls are exhibited in museums around the world and part of the most important collections.
The bowl is in great condition with no chips or cracks, and it comes with its originally signed and sealed wooden box, a high quality Shifuku, corner protections and a profile of the artist.
Size: 7 cm height x 11,8 cm in diameter.