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Kawai Kanjiro Kushime Chawan Tea Bowl


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Combs teeth have been dragged through the glaze of this stately bowl by one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Kanjiro Kawai. A fine example of this artists work circa 1938 enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kushime-wan. Two similar works are held in the Katsukawa collection and published in the biblical tome by the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art. This is 11 cm diameter, 8.5 cm tall and in excellent condition.
Kawai Kanjiro was a true artist by nature, and together with Hamada Shoji, set a pattern of study for modern potters. After graduating the Tokyo School of Industrial Design, he came to study in Kyoto, eventually establishing his own kiln on the Gojo-no-Saka (It remains standing today and is a must see for anyone visiting Kyoto). Together with compatriots Hamada Shoji and Bernard Leach (with whom he traveled throughout Asia) established the modern Mingei movement in ceramics, the most influential ceramics movement in the 20th century. His research on glazes (of which he developed thousands over a lifetime of work) remains influential as well. Refusing to be limited to ceramics, Kanjiro also worked in bronze, wood and paint. An interesting final note on this unusual artist, when offered the title of Living National Treasure, an honor bestowed on very few, he declined.