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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery

Tea Bowl

ca. 1820-1830 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Raku Tannyu (1795-1854) was the tenth generation head of the Kyoto-based Raku family. A notable aspect of his career was his employment by the Kishu (Wakayama) branch of the Tokugawa family, who established the Kairakuen pottery in 1819. The base of bowl bears Tannyu's personal 'Raku' seal and a second seal, 'Karakuen sei', indicating that it was made at the Kairakuen pottery.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Hand-built Black Raku type high-fired earthenware with black glaze
Brief Description
Tea bowl, Raku ware, Kyoto, by Raku Tannyu (1795-1854), about 1820-1830
Physical Description
Tea bowl with slightly rounded base, regular-sized footring, and black glaze extending down to footring surround
Dimensions
  • Maximum diameter diameter: 11.1cm
  • Height: 8.3cm
  • Mouth diameter diameter: 10.0cm
  • Footring diameter diameter: 4.8cm
Styles
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Raku (stamped on base)
  • Kairakuen sei (stamped on base)
Object history
Exhibited at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition
Summary
Raku Tannyu (1795-1854) was the tenth generation head of the Kyoto-based Raku family. A notable aspect of his career was his employment by the Kishu (Wakayama) branch of the Tokugawa family, who established the Kairakuen pottery in 1819. The base of bowl bears Tannyu's personal 'Raku' seal and a second seal, 'Karakuen sei', indicating that it was made at the Kairakuen pottery.
Collection
Accession Number
246-1877

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record createdNovember 27, 2008
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