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Birds flit playfully in the rich foliage of a fiery maple on the front of this flattened ovoid vase by Nakamura Toshito enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The odd triangular opening is perfect for flower arrangement, offering place for larger branches to rest in the corners. The ovoid form appears to be hand formed, the clay raked and covered in white with hand-painted scenery in enamel over. The vase is roughly 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Toshito was simultaneously accepted into both the 7th Traditional Kutani Exhibition and the 37th SoZo-Ten Creative Design Exhibition in 1984, and has consistently displayed with them since, prized the following year in the SoZo-Ten. That same year he also received the governor’s prize at the 40th Kutani Sangyo Design Concool, and in 1990 was awarded the Hokuka-Sho at the SoZo-Ten. HE stayed within the Kutani area until the mid 90s, concentrating on his teaching position at the Ishikawa prefectural Ceramic Research Facility and building a reputation through area exhibitions of great rapport. With that base firmly established he was accepted into the National Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition in 1997, and has consitently displayed with that prestigious show, while not neglecting the Traditional Kutani Exhibitions at which he has been often awarded. This piece is nearly contemporary, dating to within the last five years.