Splendid Kuro Raku Chawan by one of the most important potters of all time, the 3rd Raku Donyu also known as Nonko. It was made around 1650 and was named 'chidori' which means 'a thousand birds' or 'plover'.
It is in great antique condition and has one of the best and finest Kintsugi gold repair landscapes I have ever seen. You can still find the tong mark on the bowl - please look at picture number 9 and 4.
Born the eldest son of Jôkei. He is also known as Nonkô, later considered the most skillful Raku potter. He was in close friendship with Hon'ami Kôetsu whose tea bowls were fired in the Raku kiln with a help of Jôkei and Dônyû.
He introduced a new style to that achieved by the workshop founded by Chôjirô partly under Kôetsu's influence. Especially by the application of white, reddish or transparent glazes on top of the black glaze, he introduced the decorativeness and spontaneous individuality into the Chôjirô's stylistic tradition of monochrome black that eliminated decoration.
The Chawan comes with an antique wooden box with an authentification and judgement of Kakkakusai Sosa (1678-1730), Omotesenke the 6th. He was the adopted child and nephew of 5th generation Zuiryusai, and son of Hisada Sozen. Also known as Munekazu, and posthumously as Sosa. Buddhist names Kakkakusai, Genso and Ryuhoken. Served the Kishu Tokugawa family, and meditated under the Daitokuji temple's Daishin Gito.
Size: 8 cm height x 12,7 in diameter.