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A rare opportunity to revisit the earlier years of modern Mashiko with this pottery box (tobako) by Kimura Ichiro (1915-1988) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The simple square from has a tooled top and is covered in woven strokes of pale slip. It is roughly 11 by 6 x 5 inches (28 x 15 x 12.5 cm) and is in perfect condition. Originally from Mashiko, Kimura Ichiro went to study ceramics at the Kyoto ceramic research institute, as had his forbearer Hamada Shoji, to whom he later apprenticed, establishing his own kiln in 1946 at the close of World War II. Along with Shoji and later Tatsuzo, He was one of the founders of modern Mashiko pottery and was displayed and awarded prolifically during his lifetime. Those include the Nihon Mingei ten, Gendai Tougei ten, National Tojiki ten, and National Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition among many others.