A one of a kind incense burner, an unheard of work by highly sought Oribe Master Takauchi Shugo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled oribe Koro. Enigmatic designs form aboriginal riddles between slabs of rushing green copper glaze, the body torn and scarred by the hands of its maker. Standing firmly on three tapering legs gives the piece a sense of standing on the edge, as if the moment, like the drifts of smoke, will soon be lost.
Size: W, 16.4 cm (6-1/2 inches), H,27.2 (10-3/4 inches)
Takauchi Shugo was born in Tokyo in 1937. He opened his kiln in Mashiko at the age of 31. He has exhibited at the Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition, Nihon Togeiten National Ceramics Exhibition and as well as Gendai Nihon Togeiten National Modern Ceramics Exhibition in addition to innumerable public and private exhibitions. He is recipient of the Order of Cultural Merrit from Tochigi Prefecture, and his works have been selected for international exhibitions (Paris, London, Denmark and America) and work by him is held in the V&A, The Art Gallery of New South Wales. For more see the Book “Japanese Studio Crafts” (1995) by Rupert Faulkner of “Fired with Passion” (2006) by Beatrice Chang and Samuel J Lurie.