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Incomparable vase by Shoji Hamada with 'Sho'-mark

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1920: Item # 1217814

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We offer you an amazing large and very, very valuable vase by greatest Shoji Hamada.

I guess my visitors are connaisseurs in the history of Japanese Art and culture, so I do not have to introduce Shoji Hamada. He is the most influencing potter in our times and has been in his lifetimes a 'Living National Treasure'.

It dates from the period pre 1920. Around this time Hamada left Japan and traveled to England with Leach. During that era he signed some of his art with the Sho-Charakter (please read further details below). Later on he refused to sign his ceramic because of reasons we all know.

I will not describe that vase in detail, just have a look on the photos and open yourself to this unique piece of ceramic art.

You will find on our website photos with a higher resolution.


Janet Kaiser The Chapel of Art . Capel Celfyddyd HOME OF THE INTERNATIONAL POTTERS' PATH Criccieth LL52 0EA, GB-Wales Tel: (01766) 523570 E-mail: WEBSITE:

'When Hamada returned to Japan in 1923, after helping Leach to set up his pottery in St. Ives, he traveled via Europe. He arrived home in 1924 and from that date, he never signed another pot. The mark he used up to then was known as the Character Sho. I always thought this Sho was part of his name Shoji, but am not certain about that!

If there is a shell impression, this is not actually a potter's mark in the true sense and they are being very misleading in their description of 'Hamada's trademark'. Yes, he made pots which incidentally showed shell impressions because he used them as stilts instead of clay during salt firing, but they were part of the making process, not intentional marks.

Even so, if it is a Hamada pot and has the Sho mark, then it must pre-date 1924. Indeed, all his work at St. Ives had two marks: the Character Sho and the St. Ives SI monogram, so a single Hamada mark would actually pre-date 1920, when he left Japan to travel to England with Leach'.

Janet Kaiser

Please compare the Sho-Character mark of Shoji Hamada with another item of him with the same mark from the Momoyama Gallery, where the original wooden box with signature and seal is attached (please copy and paste ) It is undoubtably, that this vase is a rare item of Shoji Hamada from the time before 1920.

Because of the rareness of signed Shoji Hamada vases this piece is not only very but extremely valuable.

Measure: H 31cm -W 12cm - Scope 38cm

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