An incredible piece by legendary Abe Anjin in the artists most sought after style of saishoku colors intimating leaves, blossoms and Mount Fuji (all strikingly disproportionate to each other) enclosed in the original signed wooden box and original lacquered wooden box also stamped by the artist. We see the gamut of this artists career here, red, black and green reminiscent of Raku, Ash glaze, gold, blue, and raw clay. The bottle form is dimpled to make it easy to grasp, even if imbibed. Being a maker of tea ware, it is this subtle attention to shape and texure which elevates the work of Anjin.
Size, D 8.6 cm H 13.2 cm
Born in Osaka in 1938, the mysterious recluse began his artistic career 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.