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Okuiso Eiroku Shino Chawan Tea Bowl
Please refer to our stock # 1394 when inquiring.
An austere Shino bowl decorated with the posts of a fence by the elusive potter Okuiso Eiroku enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Shino Chawan; the box decorated on the side with the same design as is on the bowl. The Chawan is 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) diameter, 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition. There is a pre-firing nick in the rim, which is covered in glaze (see close-up photos).
Okuiso Eiroku (1930-1987) was born in Kyoto the son of the painters Inagaki Kinso and Inagaki Seisetsu. He graduated the Kyoto Municipal School of Art (mod. University of Art) Oil Painting Department in 1951. But in 1958, moved by the beauty of Momoyama period pots he had seen, he entered an apprenticeship under Kato Juuemon, and opened a kiln of his own the following year where he would also be instructed by the great Kato Tokuro. Eschewing the world of Competitive exhibition, he spent his life in the revival and research of Momoyama period firing techniques. His work was lauded by the greatest potters and critics of his time, but very low production and an early demise has left us with very few pieces extant.
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