Like a mirror of the soul, the ovoid forms of Living National Treasure Tokuda Yasokichi III flash with brilliance, vivid color explodes, while the darkness seems infinite, impenetrable and reflecting only the world around it. Here is a fine example of his work, pale blue blends through green into soft yellow before plummeting into darkness, the color fading like a memory. The body of the vessel has been brought up to a very narrow neck, just wide enough to receive one flower before flaring out at the top. It comes enclosed in the original wooden box signed Masahiko dating it pre 1993 when he succeeded the family name.
Size, W 13.2 cm ( 5.1/4 inches) H 21.8 cm ( 8.1/2 inches)
Designated Living National Treasure in 1997 for his supremacy in the use of Kutani glazes, Yasokichi, born Masahiko, graduated from the Kanazawa school of arts, and took up apprenticeship under his father Yasokichi II. He went a step further than many by broadening his spectrum with innovation. His research into glaze application and Sansai glazing techniques created these haunting images of Kutani ware. His works are held by many public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, British Museum, V&A, Smithsonian, the Polk museum as well as Museum of Modern Art Tokyo Kanazawa Contemporary Museum of Art.