RAKU (ENJOYMENT) | Christie's" /> An Earthenware Tea Bowl (<I>Chawan</I>) Named "Juzan" (Mountain of immortality) , RED RAKU WARE, EDO PERIOD (19TH CENTURY) BY 10TH-GENERATION RAKU MASTER TANNYU (1795-1854), IMPRESSED MARK <I>RAKU</I> (ENJOYMENT) | Christie's
  • Japanese and Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2193

    Japanese and Korean Art

    17 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1038

    An Earthenware Tea Bowl (Chawan) Named "Juzan" (Mountain of immortality)

    RED RAKU WARE, EDO PERIOD (19TH CENTURY) BY 10TH-GENERATION RAKU MASTER TANNYU (1795-1854), IMPRESSED MARK RAKU (ENJOYMENT)

    Price Realised  

    An Earthenware Tea Bowl (Chawan) Named "Juzan" (Mountain of immortality)
    Red Raku Ware, Edo period (19th century) by 10th-generation Raku master Tannyu (1795-1854), impressed mark Raku (Enjoyment)
    Hand-modelled, circular on a compressed ring foot and covered with a red and black glaze with patches and drips of frothy white
    3 1/8in. (8cm.) high; 4¾in. (12cm.) diameter
    Wood box authenticated by Sen Soshitsu XV (Hounsai; b. 1923) and Raku Kichizaemon XV (b. 1949)


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    The Kyoto potter Raku Tannyu lived in a period of remarkable prosperity for the Raku family. He enjoyed the patronage of the three Sen grandmasters, and had particularly close relations with the Omotesenke grandmaster, who ran the largest and most influential tea school and was hereditary tea master to the Kii branch of the Tokugawa shogunal family in Wakayama. He traveled often to Wakayama to fire pots in the garden kiln of Tokugawa Harutomi, an opportunity that benefitted him in many ways; see Morgan Pitelka, "A Raku Wastewater Container and the Problem of Monolithic Sincerity," Impressions (the annual journal of the Japanese Art Society of America) 30 (2009), 67--72.