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Traditional wood fired Aka-Shino chaire made by the late Kato Yasukage XIV prior to changing his name to Yasukage and thus the box is signed Kato Shoji. Elegant and traditional in form with quick, gestural spatula marks on the front and back the rich, nearly crimson iron surface is painted with a nice dusting of wood ash from the wood firing with throwing marks adding to the overall decoration. This is one of the nicest chaire by Kato Yasukage XIV that I have seen and the blend of form, texture, colors and posture make it an excellent example by a potter that left us way to early.
Kato Yasukage XIV was from a long line of potters and was on a meteoric rise when fate intervened. Well exhibited in Japan and abroad, his work is included in a number of publications and private and public collections where he is best known for his more sculptural approach to both Shino and Oribe styles. This Shino chaire is in original condition in its signed box, bag and lid and measures approximately 10.5 x 6+ cm.
I put up a short slideshow video of this piece on Youtube which you can find by doing a search for Kato Yasukage.