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A large Ginsai (Silver-glazed) vessel by Hiraga Taeko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The unusual shape compounded with the advancing decoration of silver is both eye-catching and disconcerting. It stands 31.5 x 13.5 x 43.5 cm tall (12-1/2 x 5 x 17-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Hiraga Taeko was born in Aichi prefecture in 1948, a pioneering female artist who has served as mentor to a young generation of artists from her kiln in Kawasaki city, Kanagawa near Tokyo. She has been displayed at the Nihon Togei-Ten (National Ceramics Exhibition) and Nihon Dento Kogei-ten (National Traditional Crafts Exhibition) and prized at the Asahi Togei-Ten Ceramics Exhibition 1988. She has also been awarded Kyoto Mayors prize and Governors prize at the Joryu Togei-Ten (Female Artist Exhibition 1983 and 1989) as well as the Nihon Shin Kogei-Ten Prize (New Craft Exhibition 1989) among many others. In 1995 and 1996 she was awarded at the Bonsai-no-Utsuwa-Ten Exhibition of Bonsai Pots.