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Avant-Garde Hagi Vase by Yamato Yasuo, 1958


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A tall stem-footed Hagi flower vessel enclosed in the original wooden box by Yamato Yasuo. It was created in that postwar age when once again expression was finding a voice in Japan, and the early avant-garde potters such as Yamato Yasuo and Kumakura Junkichi were reaching beyond tradition as a means of verbalizing their interpretation of Japan in a new age. Here enigmatic shapes rise from the slightly striated Hagi clay, the entire covered in pale blue tinged glaze with outlines of iron and splashes of color on the queer images. The foot is bare earth, inscribed with the name Yasuo and the year 1958. The work is a fine representative of the period and its movements. It is large at almost a foot (29 cm) tall, roughly 8 inches (20 cm) diameter at the widest and is in excellent condition. Yamato Yasuo was born in 1933 to a long line of Hagi potters. He learned under his father Harunobu and grandfather Shoroku who would have been head of the kiln at the time of this pieces creation. He is one of Hagi’s most well respected artist, and his works are often displayed at the Nitten and other National Exhibitions. He has been named an important cultural asset of Yamaguchi Prefecture (ken Juyo Mukei Bunkazai). A rare opportunity to acquire an early work by one of the most important Hagi potters.