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A charming baluster form vase decorated with a ring of drying fish by Katsuo Seiryudo (1907-1984) in the original signed wooden box. The hirame (flat fish) are unglazed except for an iron like underglaze used to draw the details, and shiny black dots for eyes. The contrast between the unglazed fish and white ceramic is unexpected and pleasing, in that ordinarily it would be opposite. The vase measures roughly 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) in diameter and height, and bears the artists cartouche-like stamp inside the foot. Seiryudo, originally of Hiroshima, graduated the Tokyo school of Art, Western Style Painting Department, and moved to Kyoto in 1930 to begin working in ceramics. His works were hailed at both prefectural and National exhibitions including the prestigious Bunten and Nitten.