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Oranda Mizusashi by Kato Jokei
Kato Jokei is a second generation potter and a master craftsman of tea ceremony wares. He was born in Tokyo in 1933, and his father was none other than Kato Hajime (1900 1968), who was designated Important Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure) of Japan in 1961. Kato fils studied with his father and shares the same high standards of craftsmanship. The fact that Kato Jokei shuns public expositions and presents his work to connected tea ceremony aficionados only, makes his pieces rare. In 1951 Kato Hajime built a kiln in Chichibunomiya, where the Japanese Imperial family has a residence, in order to produce wares to be used by its members. Kato Jokei now manages that kiln, where he also has apprentices. The original Kato kiln, built in 1941, was located in Hiyoshi, in the suburbs of Yokohama; it has since been moved to the city of Shizuoka. The mizusashi is made in the Oranda style (the name comes from the word for Holland, in Japanese), which is based on the shape of tobacco jars imported by the Dutch during the Edo period (1603-1867). The vivid colors and motifs are also inspired by those jars as the painted tobacco leaves shows. The mizusahi is incredibly and uncommonly light for it size proving the mastery of its maker; the true heir to a creator of national treasures. The mizusashi is in perfect condition. It is signed and comes with a signed box. Dimensions: 16 cm x 18 cm (6.4 in x 7.2 in), Weight 1 kg (2.2 lbs) More pictures available on demand.


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