Diameter: 12.200 cm
The Schmidtt-Meade Gift
Asia JA 1992.5-25.91
Raku-style teabowl, by Takahashi Dōhachi II
Edo period, 19th century
With a design of Mt. Fuji
This Raku-style teabowl was made by the versatile Kyoto potter Takahashi D&omacrhachi II (1795-1854). Dōhachi's father moved to Kyoto from Ise in about 1750 and opened a china-store. He was also a netsuke carver and potter. His son, Dōhachi II is usually regarded as the most skilful of the line of five generations which worked through the nineteenth century. He was patronized by temples and the nobility, and earned the Buddhist rank Hokkyō ('Bridge of the Law'). He is also known by the name Ninami, formed by a combination of the character 'nin' of the Ninnaji Temple and the name Anami given to him by the Daigōji Temple in Kyoto. He worked for a time for the Lord of Kishi and visited Satsuma. Towards the end of his life, from 1842, he built a kiln at Momoyama, Fushimi, on the outskirts of Kyoto.
Dōhachi's Raku-style wares have more varied forms than true Raku pieces as he made free use of the spatula. He also imitated Korean, Chinese and Anamese (Vietnamese) wares, and was competent in the styles of the great Kyoto potters, Kenzan and Ninsei. In particular, he revived the colour-painted pieces of Ninsei for use with powdered tea in the Tea Ceremony.