Takahashi Rakusai IV (*1925)

Shigaraki Tea Bowl

Inv. Nr. #A30
Date 20th C.
Material Ash glazed stoneware

Comes with signed and sealed wooden box.

Excellent Shigaraki tea bowl (chawan) with uncommon grey ash glaze 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.