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A very unusual white glazed Mizusashi by Shimizu Uichi enclosed in a double wood signed box titled simply Haku-yu Mizusashi. The black lacquered lid is made in two parts, hinged with silver butterflies. It is 10 x 7 x 4 inches (25 x 18 x 11 cm) and in excellent condition.
Shimizu Uichi (1926-2004) was born in Kyoto the son of a ceramic dealer. Discarding the family business he apprenticed in plastic arts under Ishiguro Munemaro. His work retains some principal elements of his teachers style while incorporating an understated elegance and avant-garde spirit of challenge uncommon for his time. He was first exhibited at the Nitten in 1951, receiving numerous awards there since. He also took the gold medal at the Prague International Exhibition, and was at the Brussels World Exposition. He was named a living National Treasure in 1985. He is in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum, Kyoto Museum of Modern art, Clark Center and the Freer Gallery among others.