Takahashi Rakusai IV (*1925)

Shigaraki Tea Bowl in Korean Irabo Style

Inv. Nr. #A34
Date 20th C.
Material Ash glazed stoneware
Dimensions  H 7,2 x Diam. 12,6 cm

Comes with signed and sealed wooden box.

Very rare Shigaraki tea bowl (chawan) with unusual green glaze in style of Korean irabo-ware 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.