We like to present you this Shino Masterpiece of legendary Tokuro Kato, named 'amongst the clouds', coming with corner protections, a silk shifuku, a stamped pouch and its original double wood box, signed and sealed (Signature of 'Gen' - please compare http://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/christies-south-kensington/catalogue-id-srchristi10016/lot-333068c2-4555-4b6a-abba-a3f700026090). It is in absolutely mint condition, a museum quality piece of art. We also will add the fine book 'The world of Tokuro', 1994, 108 pages.
Tokuro (1898 - 1985) was the flamboyant, boisterous and often-arrogrant artist. But he was brilliant, nonetheless, and his charismatic artistry heightened the Japanese consciousness towards pottery as one of the leading artforms that the country had to offer the world.
In 1952 he was nominated as a Living National Treasure but he refused to take that honor.
Note: a similar Shino guinomi was exhibited at the Arakawa Toyozo and Kato Tokuro Exhibition in the Sano Museum (Mishima), Oct. 8 to Nov. 8, 2004 and at the Takashimaya (Kyoto), Feb. 23 - March 7, 2005. Go to: e-yakimono.net/html/arakawa-tokuro_32.html
A similar chawan of Tokuro was sold at Christie's in 1991 for 10.000 USD ( link: christies.com//lotfinder/lot/a-contemporary-shino-ware-tea-bowl-2281539-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=2281539&sid=47ffa76d-83d2-442a-ab53-5081eed791a2 )
Size: 9 cm height x 13,5 cm in diameter.