This very liquid form seems already imbibed with rice wine, the base stable while the sides tilt slightly, sagging on the stool, a superb work by Abe Anjin. It comes wrapped with the original stamped wrapping cloth enclosed in the original wooden box titled Bizen Shuki and in turn enclosed in a black lacquered wooden box also stamped by the artist. Obviously, he felt this was deserved of greatness.
Size, W 6.7 cm ( 2 1/4 inches) H 6.1 cm ( 2 1/2 inches)
Born in Osaka in 1938, the mysterious recluse began his artistic carreer as an oil painter training under Miyamoto Saburo. Although best known for his Momoyama inspired Bizen works, he began delving into the pottery world with Raku, then moved into Shigaraki and Bizen, firing from a kiln in Ehime prefecture, then Okayama and has also fired Nanban ware. Works by the artist are held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto as well as the Imperial Household Collection among many others.