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A fine oil spot Hira-chawan on unusually delicate foot by Kishimoto Kennin enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The tiny foot intimates a sense of floating, as if the dark glaze is a shiny rain cloud hovering over the tatami. The spotting varies from small dense freckles on the edge to large, openly spaced spots in the center. The bowl is nearly 7 inches (17.5 cm) diameter, 2 inches (5.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition. This artist has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way. Seto, Oribe, Shino, Tenmoku, Iga and Celadon, all very different approaches which he masters one at a time, extending his unique view of the arts to new realms, and moving on to the next challenge when his appetite and personal genius has been satiated. He was exhibited and prized at the National Japanese Crafts Exhibition (Nihon Dento Kogei Ten), National Ceramics Exhibition (Nihon Togei Ten), Chunichi International Ceramics Exhibition (Chunichi Kokusai Togei Ten) and Asahi Togei Ten among others, and is held in several important international collections. This is part of a collection of Kennin works we have recently acquired.