• Japanese and Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2193

    Japanese and Korean Art

    17 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1031

    An Earthenware Tube-shaped Tea Bowl (Tsutsu-jawan) Named "Tsuki ni saru" (Monkey and moon)

    BLACK RAKU WARE, EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY) BY 3RD-GENERATION RAKU MASTER NONKO (DONYU; 1599-1656)

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    An Earthenware Tube-shaped Tea Bowl (Tsutsu-jawan) Named "Tsuki ni saru" (Monkey and moon)
    Black Raku ware, Edo period (17th century) by 3rd-Generation Raku master Nonko (Donyu; 1599-1656)
    Hand-modelled, cylindrical with compressed disc foot, incised with short lines to indicate the outline of a monkey extending one arm toward an incised crescent moon, the rest of the bowl applied with a glossy and thick black glaze
    4 3/8in. (11.3cm.) high; 4 5/16in. (11cm.) diameter
    Wood boxes authenticated by Sen Soshitsu XI (Gengensai; 1810-1877) and Raku Kichizaemon X (Tannyu; 1795-1854)


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    A poem on the box lid by Sen Soshitsu XI reads:

    Fuyu fukaki minezo sabishiku mashiramoya
    Te ni torubakari maneku tsukikage


    In the deep winter season, the summit of the mountain becomes white and lonely,
    The moon's shadow invitingly close.

    Saleroom Notice

    Generally in very good condition.