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Kitade Fujio Mid-century Sculptural Vase


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A rare late 1950s to '60s sculptural work by Kitade Fujio, an artist credited with bringing Kutani into the modern age, enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hekimen Ni Seshite Okizaru Kaki (Vase left abandoned by the wall). The clay is quite pure, covered in blasts of black and beige. It is 9-1/4 x 5-1/2 x 11 inches (24 x 14 x 28 cm) and in excellent condition. Kitade Fujio was born in 1919 the first son of potter Kitade Tojiro. He graduated the Ceramics research facility in 1937, but coming of age during the war years was, of course, disruptive, and he did not complete his courses at the Kanazawa University of Art until 1950, the same year he was first accepted into the Nitten National Exhibition. In 1955 he received top prize at the Ishikawa prefectural Art Exhibition, and about this time would change his name from Fujio (two characters) to Fujio (three characters, as is the signature on this box). He would subsequently be accepted into and awarded at the National Modern Crafts Exhibition and Asahi Ceramics Exhibition; He would garner the Hokutosho prize at the Nitten in 1965 and would later serve as a judge there as well as at the Chunichi International Ceramics Exhibition, The Gendai Kogeiten Craft Exhibition and at the Asahi Ceramics exhibition. He was awarded consecutively at the 1st through 3rd Traditional Kutani Craft Exhibitions. In 1979 he would be granted a professorship at the Kanazawa University of Art. From that time he would divide his time between teaching and working with clay, garnering many more awards. In 1983 he would be commissioned by the Emperor to make a Tsubo, and the following year would be honored with the Kaga Cultural Award. 1990 he would become principal of the Art University. In 2010 he would receive special accolades from the Japan Ceramic Society for his life’s work. Work by him is held in the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa and the Kutani Art Museum among others.