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Collection

YAMAMOTO Tôshû

(Japan 1906 – 1994)

Title
Bizen ware "Taikai" tea caddy
Other titles:
Bizen ware tea caddy 'Ocean'
Alternative title:
Bizen Taikai chaire
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
Year
20th century
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
stoneware
Dimensions

7.5 x 9.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Rev. Muneharu Kurozumi 1981
Accession number
312.1981.a-b
Location
Not on display
Further information

Yamamoto began studying ceramics in 1922 and became apprenticed to the Kyoto potter Kusube Yaichi (1897 - 1984) in 1938. Yamamoto entered many exhibitions, including the 'Dento Kogei Kai' 13 times. In 1956 he was designated an 'Okayama Prefectural Important Intangible Cultural Asset'. In 1959 he was awarded a prize at the Firenze International Exhibition. Yamamoto received the Okayama Cultural Award in 1972, and subsequently many other awards.

Although small, tea caddies appear in a wide variety of shapes and glazes. They traditionally have an ivory lid and more treasured ones are accompanied by a silk bag which prevents the surface being scratched.

Bibliography (3)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Tea', Sydney, 2003, 227 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Sydney, 1991, 4. cat.no. 33

Jacqueline Menzies, The 4 seasons, 'The Japanese teahouse', not paginated., Sydney, 1989, (colour illus.) not paginated [chart].

Exhibition history (1)

The four seasons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Jun 1989–Jul 1990