Otagaki Rengetsu ceramic sencha tea teapot poem

Otagaki Rengetsu | Loop handled teapot

SKU: R1711

In the scent of plum blossoms

they do not even rest...

in the deepening night sky

crying and winging away

the wild geese of spring.


By Rengetsu’s day, sencha had evolved into a formal tea service, with rules of etiquette and prescribed utensils emulating chanoyu. However, the literati continued to drink the beverage more informally in quiet protest against chanoyu and as an adjunct to other literati pursuits including painting pictures and composing poetry. (Patricia J. Graham: Otagaki Rengetsu and the Japanese Tea Ceremony, in: Black Robe White Mist, 2007, pp. 65).


Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)

Loop handled teapot

Glazed ceramic

H 14.7 cm (5 3/4 in.)

D 16.9 cm (6 1/2 in.)

D 13 cm (5 in.)

Wooden box