A key figure in the Japanese folk craft movement of the 20th century, Fujita Kyohei is credited with helping to develop a thriving glass-working community within Japan. Best known for his “dream” or “Liuli” boxes—very colorful and skillfully crafted boxes that often incorporated gold and silver leaf into their designs. Here we see a piece that would likely have been crafted earlier in his career but that demonstrates his masterful technique even then. In 1972 Fujita, along with several other craftsmen, founded the Japan Glass Art-crafts Association; in 1989 he was the only glass artist appointed to the prestigious Japan Art Academy; and in 1997 he was designated as a National Living Treasure by the Japanese government. Today, pieces by Fujita are held in private collections and in museums around the world including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts; the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; and of course the Fujita Kyohei Glass Museum in Matsushima dedicated to preserving his legacy.
In excellent condition, this piece is 5.5 inches in diameter (14cm) and stands 5,.5 inches tall (14cm). It comes with its original box signed and sealed by the artist. *** International shipping and insurance included in the price.