Sold, Thank you!
Rare & important black and white inlay exhibition charger by Kyoto master potter, Kondo Yutaka. Measuring 46 x 11cm (approximately 18" x 4.25") this impressive charger/ platter is cloaked in a shimmery, and sparkling black texture with impressed, inlaid decoration of stark and contrasting white across the piece which gives off a wet sheen across the impressed surface. This charger is in perfect condition and comes complete with its signed box and cloth and has affixed a paper label which is likely to have come from one of the annual or biannual exhibition held by Mainichi, Kogeiten or one of the others. A platter of this size and scale was certainly made as an exhibition piece for some exhibition in the early 1980s.
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.