Potter: Kano Mitsuo
Approximate size: W5.0″ by H2.8″ or 12.8 by 7.2cm
Presented today is this fine Tenmoku tea bowl made by master-potter Mitsuo Kano (1903-1970). From the condition one might suspect this bowl to be made late in his life but it could be as old as 60 or 70 years considering his style of work compared to this first class Tenmoku chawan.
Kano Mitsuo studied under Komori Shinobu (1889-1962) and at the Kyoto City Pottery Research School. His work is represented in the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others. He received the Ministry of Education Grand Prize in 1998.
Famous works sold for high prices at auction houses such as Christie’s both before and after his passing and this chawan is a steal! He won the Blue-Ribbon award of one of the most famous Japanese Art Exhibitions, Nitten Exhibition in 1949.
This chawan has an air of elegance about it. This bowl would be most at home in a serene setting.
The chawan has no chips or cracks and is in excellent condition. It appears to be unused. This chawan has a calm yet imposing haki. Comes with the original signed paulownia wooden box.
€180+ shipping cost
After the end of the Pacific war the attribute Imperial was no longer trendy. Everything was reorganized and renamed. In 1946 the Imperial Art Academy became The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition, abbreviated as Nitten. The Nitten has developed into a large organization. Today the Nitten has five art faculties, Japanese Style Painting, Western Style Painting, Sculpture, Craft as Art and Calligraphy.
Mitsuo Kano won the Blue-ribbon award at the great Nitten Exhibition in 1974 and in 1976. This is the highest award for potters entering this famously career-making competition.