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A pair of celadon Te-shoku candle sticks by contemporary potter Orita Tatsuya enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The elegantly sculpted base rises to a dish in which is imbedded a brass pin to secure the candle, with a long tapering handle. The handle features a bamboo nodule decoration in the center, with a curl of clay at the end, the rough edges of which, like a shaving of planed wood contrasting with the perfection of the form. Each is roughly 9-1/2 inches (18 cm) long, 4-1/2 inches 11 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Born in Kagawa prefecture in 1964, Tatsuya entered the Seto Ceramics Research facility in 1984 before moving to apprentice under Takita Koichi. He moved to establish his own kiln in 1989. Twice prized at the Nihon Mingei-Kan Ten, he has been exhibited at the Nihon Dento Kogei-Ten (National Traditional Crafts Exhibition) as well as the Nihon Togei Ten (National Ceramics Exhibtion) where he received the Nihon Togei-Ten Prize in 1999 and the Mombu Kagaku Daijin Sho prize in 2009. In 2008 his entry was purchased by the Imperial Household Agency.