Aka-iré Green Tea Cup Set by Murata Tetsu
Before entering the world of ceramic making, Murata Tetsu studied the art of charcoal ink painting (called suibokuga) for several years under his father Konosuke I - a highly accomplished painter. Today, Murata Tetsu employs the same brush techniques to create his own distinctive style of sometsuké (cobalt glazed) porcelain wares.
This green tea cup set is a proud example of Murata's masterful brushwork. Around the rim, a panorama of mountainsides and seascapes is skillfully rendered and set upon geometric and floral patterns which have been painted on Kyo-yaki (Kyoto ware) since the Edo era.
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