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A very rare work by Tsukamoto Kaiji in ivory tinged porcelain engraved with a swan plying the waters enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The perfection of the form is met with the perfection of the engraving. It is 13-1/2 (33 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. There are many pieces by his kiln in circulation, but seeing a piece actually by his hand (note the signature) is exceptionally rare. This is from the personal collection of his student Ando Minoru.
Tsukamoto Kaiji (1912-1990) was fascinated with Song period hakuji and seihakuji porcelains and spent his life reviving that tradition. He received a Gold Medal at the 21st Century Exposition in California in 1964. In 1965 he was awarded at the 12th Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition, and was awarded again in 1967, the same year his work was exhibited at the worlds Expo in Montreal. He exhibited with the Nihon Togei Ten national Ceramics Exhibition from its inception in 1971. The following year he was once again awarded at the 19th Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition. He received the prestigious Japan Ceramic Society (JCS) award in 1979, and Japan-China Culture Award in 1980. In 1983 he was designated an Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure) for seiji and seihakuji porcelain). Held in The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, The Museum of Oriental Ceramics in Osaka, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum and Menard Art Museum among others. For more see “Japanese Studio Crafts” (1995) by R. Faulknner.
Ando Minoru was born in 1927. He began his artistic career as a painter, then moved to clay as a medium around 1960, training at the Gifu City Ceramic Research facility. He opened his own kiln in 1973, and is known for his carved porcelains.