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Yamamoto Toshu Bizen Kochaki Tea Set
Please refer to our stock # 1395 when inquiring.
A fabulous Bizen tea set by important 20th century artist Yamamoto Toshu enclosed in the original signed and compartmentalized wooden box. The austerity of Bizen, said to be closest of all potteries to the Japanese heart, is legendary. This is a masterpiece by one of the greatest artists to revive the tradition after the devastation and neglect of the industrial revolution in Japan. The coloring is simply the work of flame against the raw clay. Although one may attempt control, this is caused by the internal forces in the kiln during firing and cooling, the artist choosing the best of the random patterns of flam and ash to complete the set. Each cup is roughly 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall, the same diameter, and all is in excellent condition. For more on this important artist sea the recent exhibition The Bizen at the Miho Museum in Shiga prefecture, in which a number of this artists works were featured.
Yamamoto Toshu (1906-1994) began working in a pottery at the age of 15. 12 years later (1933) he went independent, but interestingly decided to train again later not under a Bizen master, but Kusube Yaichi, perhaps stimulating his unusual eye for Bizen. After much acclaim, it was in 1959 that he made his worldwide appearance, with a gold prize at the Brussels World Exposition, and was named an important cultural property of Okayama that same year. He was most in love with the wheel, and his forms are crisp and sharp. He was named a living national Treasure in 1987. Works by the artist are held in the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo and National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto as well as the Victoria Albert Museum among many others.
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