The mark of the potter is stamped in the middle of foot ring.
Konyu was born the eldest son of his predecessor Raku XI Keinyu. He succeeded his father at the young age of 15, was succeeded by his son Seinyu and retired at 63 and died at the age of 76. He was a mild-mannered man, and is said to have dedicated himself to the continuation of the Raku family and its legacy. Konyu was a lover of haiku, and particularly after retirement led a contemplative life, appreciating various arts as well as making ceramics at his country home in Ishiyama, Shiga prefecture.
In 1890, at the age of 34, he is his father Keinyu held a ceremony to mark 300th anniversary of Raku founder Chojiro, and produced three hundred red tea bowls for the occasion. It was around this time that the world of tea began to recapture some its former vitality, and from this time until his old age Konyu worked prolifically, producing numerous pieces even after retirement.
No chips, no cracks, no repair.
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