Kutani Contemporary Hand-Painted Large Porcelain Vase by Japanese Master Artist For Sale
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Kutani Contemporary Hand-Painted Large Porcelain Vase by Japanese Master Artist

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Unique Japanese contemporary large Kutani decorative porcelain vase, highly intricately gilded and hand-painted on a stunning double gourd body, a signed masterpiece by a third generation master of a Kutani kiln with a history of more than 140 years. His life and works were celebrated in a 2002 exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution’s Sackler Gallery. His work has been chosen time and again by the Imperial household as gifts to foreign dignitaries when they visit Japan. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Notwithstanding his lofty achievements, the artist adamantly refuses the title of “master artist” and insists on calling himself a “mere artisan” committed to faithfully carrying forward the themes, techniques and the five colors (green, yellow, purple, deep blue, red) of the traditional Kutani palette. He adheres to the traditional “single-firing technique” where sharply defined lines and contours are discarded in favour of a soft and subtle melding of colors and patterns. “What sets a masterpiece apart,” The artist explains, “is how close different colors come to spilling on to each other without actually doing so”. His uncompromising adherence to tradition takes him as far as to maintain a limited supply of “old Kutani clay” used in creating special orders for historical pieces. The impurities in the old clay produce a “dusty beige hue” with random dark spots of iron oxide. The glaze is appropriately thickened to seal the impurities and prevent pockmarks, allowing the observer to meditate on the mysteries of random speckling. This unique piece showcases a breathtaking porcelain canvas of a large double gourd shape with a striking intricately detailed geometric pattern in Kutani deep green and red as background. This pattern creates a beautiful contrast against two sets of spiraling bands alternately swirling upward from base to rim in a carefully calculated pirouette of contrasting colors. One in yellow with an intricate feather motif in a darker shade, deep green and gold, and the other presenting a field of dainty flowers on a white background. This large hand-painted decorative vase comes in a custom-made wooden box signed by the artist. Dimensions: H 12 in D 8 in

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  • Production type
    One of a Kind
  • Production time
    Available Now
  • Place of origin
  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions

    H 4.73 in. x Dm 3.15 in.

    H 12 cm x Dm 8 cm

  • Diameter
    3.15 in. (8 cm)
  • Seller location
    Vancouver, CA
  • Reference number
    LU277139818713

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