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Rare black and white inlay vase by Kyoto master potter, Kondo Yutaka. Measuring 21.5 x 15cm this vase is cloaked in a black textured surface with impressed, inlay decoration of stark and contrasting white across the surface. This vase is in perfect condition and comes complete with its signed box.
Using the elemental but contrasting colors of black and white, Yutaka has created a vivid and highly animated vase with his textbook decoration, textured black surface and vivid white inlay created by stamping and the use of a rouletting tool. Kondo Yutaka (1932-85) was the son of Ningen Kokuho Kondo Yuzo and studied with his father as well as Tomimoto Kenkichi and Fujimoto Yoshimichi (Nodo) both Living National Treasures as well. On a trip to Korea and China, Yutaka who was drawn to black and white was heavily influenced by the Korean ware known as punch'ong and rapidly developed a unique style based on the historic archetype. This vase is a classic example of this inlay work and is a highly developed example of a synthesis of function and aesthetics at which he excelled.