A striking porcelain double gourd vase by the eminent Kutani potter Matsumoto Saichi V
The tall shape has four raised ribs on the matt buff/white glazed body, the bottom gourd boldly painted with sets of green stripes on a tan ground. The buff/white glaze is curious, on close inspection it looks like crushed oyster shell. Signed on the base. The vase comes with its original signed and inscribed box.
Approximately 31.7 cm high. The vase and box are both perfect.
Matsumoto Saichi continues a long and distinguished line of potters, including his father Sahei and grandfather, Sataro, who were both major Kutani potters. Following his graduation from the Kanazawa Institute of Fine Art, Saichi studied at the National Ceramic Research Institute in Kyoto.
A work of his was accepted for exhibition at the Nitten in 1952, and was subsequently purchased by the Tokyo Government. He has won numerous awards, including the grand prize at the Nitten in both 1985 and 1988, the Asahi Togei Ten Ceramic Exhibition, Kofukai-Ten and Kutani Dento Kogei Ten (Traditional Crafts Exhibition of Kutani, Grand prize).
Please study the photographs.
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