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A sake set by Takauchi Shugo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shugo Shuni Sono Ni, Aka-e and dated 1999. The box contains two cups, one tall and thin, one short and stout, and one Tokkuri, all in similar design. The set was from a solo exhibition held at the Nipponbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store in Tokyo, January 1999. The tokkuri is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) tall, and all are in fine condition. The box contains the original exhibition invitation as well, and has been decorated with an image of the set by Shugo.
Shugo was born in Tokyo in 1937, opening his kiln in Mashiko at the age of 31. He has exhibited at the Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition, Nihon Togeiten National Ceramics Exhibition and as well as Gendai Nihon Togeiten National Modern Ceramics Exhibition in addition to innumerable public and private exhibitions. He is recipient of the Order of Cultural Merrit from Tochigi Prefecture, and his works have been selected for international exhibitions (Paris, London, Denmark and America) and work by him is held in the V&A, The Art Gallery of New South Wales. For more see the Book “Japanese Studio Crafts” (1995) by Rupert Faulkner of “Fired with Passion” (2006) by Beatrice Chang and Samuel J Lurie.