A great hammered silver vase with small knobs around the shoulders, soft hammer marks covering the surface of the vase.
Signed on the bottom with a chiseled signature by the artist, Shiro, together with Mitsukoshi stamp, Silver and Sterling.
Enclosed in the original tomobako, the original box, inscribed Silver vase on the exterior of the lid and signed and sealed on the inside.
Size: H 20 x W 22 cm.
Condition: perfect, with good silver oxidation patina.
**** Sekiya Shiro (1907-19949) was born in Akita Prefecture, in 1928 moved to Tokyo and studied under Kawachi Some and the metal artist Kawachi Muneaki. He became particularly famous for his work in uchidashi (hammered up relief).
Sekiya Shiro was diligently present in the exhibitions at the Nihon Tankin Kyokai (Japan Hammered Metal Art Association), Nitten, and Nihon Dento Kogei (Japan Tradition Art Crafts) and was awarded numerous prizes.
In 1977 he was honoured with the title of Living National Treasure (Ningen kokuho).
His works are in the collections of the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art and the Akita Prefectural Art Museum.