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Ceramic Box by Japanese Pottery Master Kawai Kanjiro

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A fine rectangular box by one of Japans most sought ceramic artists Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966) enclosed in a box endorsed by the head of the Kawai Kanjiro Museum, Kawai Koha. The slipware piece is engraved in the top with a circular crest of flower petals laid on a lattice-work field. The base is dark reddish clay covered in a rich brown, the design in dark ochre. It measures 5-1/2 by 4-1/4 by 3 inches tall (14 x 11 x 8 cm). There are several small nicks to the edges of the lid where it meets the box. We can have gold repairs done to the piece, but I feel that choice should be left up to the purchaser, and so we will leave it as is for now.
Kanjiro was a true artist by nature, and together with Hamada Shoji, set a pattern of study for modern potters. After graduating the Tokyo School of Industrial Design, he came to study in Kyoto, eventually establishing his own kiln on the Gojo-no-Saka (It remains standing today and is a must see for anyone visiting Kyoto). Together with compatriots Hamada Shoji and Bernard Leach (with whom he traveled throughout Asia) established the modern Mingei movement in ceramics, the most influential ceramics movement in the 20th century. His research on glazes (of which he developed thousands over a lifetime of work) remains influential as well. Refusing to be limited to ceramics, Kanjiro also worked in bronze, wood and paint. An interesting final note on this unusual artist, when offered the title of Living National Treasure, an honor bestowed on very few, he declined.