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Blown ash clings to the terracotta surface of this large Tsubo vase by Takahashi Shunsai enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vessel is 13-1/2 inches (34 cm) diameter, roughly the same height and weighs 18.7 pounds (8.5 kg) not including the box. It is in excellent condition. Due to size and weight this will likely require shipping by private air freight, to be assessed separately.
Born in 1927, the second son of renowned potter Takahashi Rakusai III in Shigaraki, Shunsai left home to study under Taniguchi Ryosai in Kyoto before returning to Shigaraki to pursue his studies of Shigaraki styles specifically under his father and spent the better part of two decades working from that studio. He established his own kiln in 1968. He has been displayed at the Nitten, Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (National Traditional Crafts Exhibition), Nihon Togei ten (National Ceramics Exhibition), Asahi Ceramics Exhibition, as well as a long list of private exhibitions at Japan’s top galleries. He has been often prized as a master of Shigaraki, and has been designated a Shiga Prefectural Intangable Cultural Property (Treasure) in 1995.