Subject:Raku X Tannyu Chawan Question
Posted By: Michael Wed, May 27, 2015 IP: 22.214.171.124
Dear Forum Members,
Hoping you can shed some light on a feature of this chawan that is puzzling.
Without the original tomobako inscribed by the artist, and without a certificate of authenticity that only a Raku family member is qualified to provide after inspecting the vessel in person, a Raku chawan can only be attributed to the maker.
This chawan is attributed to having been made by Raku X Tannyu (1795-1854). The style, colors, and impressed seal on the side of the body are all consistent attributes with known works by Tannyu.
The bowl is 9 cm tall x 10 cm diameter. What the photographs here can not depict is the weight; it is a surprisingly light 300 grams.
What is puzzling is the second impressed seal found on the bottom bevel. Why a second seal? Is having more than one seal on a Raku chawan a practice found in other chawan? Can you provide other examples of this practice?
The seals are partially obscured by the glaze and the photographs provided here are constrained by the limits of the Forum.
Any information you can provide about multiple seals found on Raku chawan is greatly appreciated.