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Tea bowl with handpainted floral design

Accession Number
2003/2.13

Title
Tea bowl with handpainted floral design

Artist(s)
Kawai Kanjirô

Object Creation Date
circa 1929

Medium & Support
stoneware with blue, copper and lead underglaze painting and milky glaze

Dimensions
2 15/16 in x 4 7/16 in x 4 7/16 in (7.46 cm x 11.27 cm x 11.27 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Spurr

Label copy
In 1929, Kawai Kanjirô exhibited ceramics that embodied his idea of the Mingei aesthetic—a testimony to his increasingly close relationships with Yanagi Sôetsu (1889–1961) and Hamada Shôji (1894–1978), two important figures in the Mingei movement. This work was dramatically different from his earlier production, which emphasized an elegance and technical perfection modeled on Chinese porcelain and stoneware traditions. Kawai would remain committed to the Mingei aesthetic, encapsulated in the phrase “utility is beautiful,” throughout his long and prolific career.
During the 1930s and 1940s, Kawai often produced containers with lids for the storage of small objects like incense. Though diminutive, they retain the strong forms and sense of color that he acquired from his early study of Chinese ceramics.
(Turning Point exhibition, Spring 2010)

Subject matter
Tea bowl for Japanese tea or tea ceremony.

Physical Description
Tea bowl with underglaze floral design.

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
tea bowl

Additional Object Classification(s)
Decorative Arts

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
cups (drinking vessels)
tea (beverage)
tea bowls

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