Kuro-Raku Chawan by the 11th generation Keinyu Kichizaemon (1817-1902) enclosed in its originally signed and sealed wooden box.
This Raku chawan is particularly endowed with a structural power deriving from simple composition of features of a bowl - another reminiscence of the earlier generations of this unique family of artists.
Apart from being expertly formed and bestowed with symbolic imagery, this piece has the added distinction of being created by Raku XI Keinyu, the 11th generation in an unbroken line of artisans stretching back over 450 years. Keinyu was adopted into the Raku family after marrying the daughter of the 10th Kichizaemon, thereupon becoming torchbearer for the most noted and celebrated tradition of pottery within the world of Japanese tea. One of Keinyu’s finest creations, this tea bowl highlights his honed sense of proportion, his versatility as a potter, and his ability to capture the forces of nature within a body of clay.
Finest antique condition. No chips or cracks.
Size: 8,3 cm height x 12,4 cm in diameter.