Introducing a Rare and Large Plate, adorned with exquisite cobalt pigment, masterfully crafted by the renowned Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886–1963), a luminary in 20th-century Japanese pottery. This magnificent piece, once treasured by a Japanese family closely connected to Mr. Tomimoto, beautifully depicts a moonlit bamboo forest, a signature motif of his artistic prowess.
Tomimoto Kenkichi's legacy in 20th-century Japanese ceramics is monumental. His influence resonated widely, evident through his esteemed membership in the Japan Art Academy, his pivotal role as a guardian of intangible cultural heritage, and his prestigious recognition with the Order of Culture. A pivotal moment arrived in 1950 when Tomimoto assumed the inaugural position as professor of the Ceramic Section within Kyoto City University of Arts' Department of Crafts. His impact reverberated significantly across various art associations and universities, where he played a pivotal role in shaping the trajectories of numerous eminent modern Japanese ceramic artists.
In 2014, a remarkable milestone unfolded as Kyoto City University of Arts welcomed a treasure trove of Tomimoto materials, generously contributed by the Tomimoto Kenkichi Memorial Museum located in Nara. This awe-inspiring archive encompasses a wealth of over 600 items, including letters exchanged with distinguished figures like Bernard Leach (1887-1979), Mizuki Yotaro (1865-1938), Minami Kunzo (1883-1950), Shirataki Ikunosuke (1873-1960), and several other luminaries of that era. The primary objective of this endeavor is to make these invaluable research materials readily accessible to scholars passionately delving into the rich history of modern Japanese ceramics.