Takahashi Rakusai IV (*1925)

Shigaraki Tea Bowl

Inv. Nr. #A29
Date 20th C.
Material Ash glazed stoneware

Comes with signed and sealed wooden box.

A masterfully thrown Shigaraki tea bowl (chawan) with nice irregular shape, strong ishihaze ("stone explosions") made by Takahashi Rakusai IV. Rakusai IV was born 1925 in Shigaraki and is probably the most famous Shigaraki potter. The Takahashi family is along with the Ueda family the oldest potter family in Shigaraki and largely responsible for preserving traditions, especially after the second world war. Takahashi Rakusai IV succeeded his father the third Takahashi – who was designated as "Intangible Cultural Property" by government – in 1976 and passed the tradition subsequently to his son in 2010.