17 September 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 7,500
Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000
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.
Generally in very good condition.
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