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Opulent colors mix on the lavishly glazed sides of this sensational decanter-like vase by Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi enclosed in the original signed and stamped wooden box. Faint greens slide and mingle with the rich turquoise and lavender, hints of rusty iron on the edges. Truly an extraordinary and unusual item by one of Japans most unconventional LNT artists. It stands 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall and is in perfect condition. Uichi was born in Kyoto the son of a ceramic dealer. Discarding the family business he apprenticed in plastic arts under Ishiguro Munemaro. His work retains some principal elements of his teachers style while incorporating an understated elegance and avant-garde spirit of challenge uncommon for his time. He was first exhibited at the Nitten in 1951, receiving numerous awards there since. He also took the gold medal at the Prague International Exhibition, and was at the Brussels World Exposition. He is in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum, Kyoto Museum of Modern art and the Freer Gallery among others.