Momiji-no-é Tea Ceremony Bowl by Wada Tōzan
Over the centuries, several different ceramic styles have made their contribution to the development of what is today called Kyō-yaki, or Kyoto wares. One artist in particular, Ninsei Nonomura (1574-1666), set the cornerstone upon which Kyō-yaki most firmly rests. Ninsei was the first potter to use a stoneware body painted with overglaze enamels - pigments which, until that time, had been applied only to porcelain. Tea ceremony masters believed that Ninsei's work embodied the concept of kiréi-sabi (lit. "refined beauty"), and it is this standard of elegance and refinement which has defined Kyoto ceramics ever since.
Wada Tōzan is an accomplished artist with over 40 years of experience in producing the finest ceramics for tea ceremony, or chanoyu. He excels in Ninsei-style overglazed pottery and porcelain, and his works are renowned for their intricately detailed floral motifs and traditional Japanese patterns.
On this resplendent tea ceremony bowl, images of autumn maple leaves over swirling water (momiji-no-é) are skillfully rendered in low-relief enamels and then detailed with 24-carat gold. The body is deftly formed from a mix of clay and porcelain (called hanjiki) and perfectly balanced upon a well-crafted footring bearing the artist's name stamp.
An outstanding seasonal piece for the chanoyu practitioner.
A wooden presentation box will be custom made to order and signed by the artist. Delivery time for this item is 2 weeks.
A fukusa display cloth is included.
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