This Japanese Vintage Kyo-yaki Yuzamashi Cup was made about 30-40 years ago by the great descendant potter Master Potter Dohachi Takahashi VIII 道八高橋 of Kyoto. A yuzamashi is a cup used to cool down the hot water to the correct temperature for sencha tea,which is 60 degrees. This yuzamashi has a wonderful hand molded shape made by this highly skilled potter. The color is gorgeous and painted in underglaze and over-glaze blues. A mountain scene and trees are hand-painted with great skill with homes at the bottom. It is a most excellent cooling and pouring cup. It is signed by the potter on the bottom. A -bako or box for safekeeping is also included, not a tomobako. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and minimal surface wear, like new condition.
SIZE: Width 3. inches or "(8.0cm, Depth 2.4 inches or 6.0 cm, Height 1.4 inches or 3.5 cm
The Dohachi Kiln 道八 窯
Master Potter Dohachi Takahashi VIII of Kyoto is a very famous descendant potter of this 17th-century family and he was named after Dohachi Takahashi II. He was born in 1938 and passed away in 2011. With a set of five 20th century tea cups by a Takahashi potter going for $625 at Bonhams, it is clear their wares will hold their own in value. Known for their Known for Kyoyaki, Awata, Rakuware, and Ninsei styles
The Dohachi Kiln was established in Awataguchi by the retainer of Kameyama fief, Dohachi I around 1760, and the name Dohachi was brought to the forefront of porcelain by the second generation head of the family who attained an imperial following, and grew to be one of the most famous potters of the Later Edo period to come from Kyoto. He moved the kiln to the Gojo-zaka area (at the foot of Kiyomizu temple) in 1814 And was well known for research into and perfection of ancient Chinese and Korean forms long held in high esteem in Japan, and at the same time worked to expand the family reputation within tea circles. The fifth generation took head of the family in 1897 and was one of the top rated potters of his time, heavily influencing following generations including one of his top students, Ito Tozan.
The importance of the Dohachi workshop may be determined by the pair of vases held by the V&A (London) purchased in the 1870s under the orders: that they should 'make a historical collection of porcelain and pottery from the earliest period until the present time, to be formed in such a way as to give fully the history of the art.'
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