Tea bowl with handpainted floral designArtist(s)Kawai KanjirôObject Creation Datecirca 1929Medium & Supportstoneware with blue, copper and lead underglaze painting and milky glazeDimensions
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 LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. SpurrLabel 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 Typetea bowlAdditional Object Classification(s)Decorative ArtsCollection AreaAsianRights
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cups (drinking vessels)