Very rare example of museum-quality Shigaragki-ware by Tsujimura Shiro. It was originally given as a gift from the artist to a secret, wealthy benefactor upon the Grand Opening of the famed Miho Museum near Kyoto, Japan, in 1997.
Some time later we bought it from this famous benefactor, and since then it is in our collection.
This is a very rare and highly collectible and massive item, and it is entirely authentic with an absolutely perfect provenance. In fact, the only other example that I could locate and happens to share the same provenance now resides in the permanent collection of the British Museum!
As you can see in the photographs, this auction includes the shigaragki-ware jar (approximately 8" by 7"), the signed paulownia storage box and furoshiki wrap. All completely authentic and original, and all in mint, museum-quality condition (obviously: any perceived "imperfections" in an item of this type are entirely intentional and crafted by the Master artist himself).
This item is in what I honestly believe to be in exactly the same condition as it was on the day it was presented at the Miho Museum in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997. In other words: completely mint! However, the very nature of Shikagari-ware pottery is very rustic and (seemingly) rough -- to untrained eyes, this craftsmanship might even appear crude, but is actually entirely intentional and potent with symbolism and meaning.
Endorsed by the renown Miho Museum in Kyoto, Japan; this piece will be the crowning treasure in your private collection.
Shiro Tsujimura was born in 1947, in the town of Gose, Nara prefecture, Japan. His first love was oil painting and when he was 18 years old, he aspired to become a painter. For a short time, he considered becoming a Zen monk, and entered a monastery and underwent formal training. During that time he had a dramatic encounter with a historic Ido teabowl.The teabowl grabbed his heart, and redirected his life: Shiro Tsujimura decided to become a potter, at the young age of 22.
8 years later, after moving back to his hometown and teaching himself in the discipline of clay, Shiro Tsujimura had his first exhibition at his own residence. He has produced a high quality body of work and is recognized in Japan and abroad.
Shiro Tsujimura defies working in set categories, and he makes Ido, Kohiki, Oku Gorai, Shigaraki, Iga, Shino, Kuro Oribe and Setoguro style pots with amazing skill and fierce intensity.
It appears that Shiro Tsujimura works in traditional Japanese ceramics genres, but at the same time he is one of the rare artists who is not restricted by them. The way that he touches clay speaks directly to my core. If you have a chance to see his work in person, you will see what I mean.
Size: 8'' height, 7'' width