This Maki print has had a charmed existence. It was printed in Japan in the mid-70s, just as Maki was beginning to leave the production of prints with kanji as the main theme and start doing then with Ceramics, mainly in the Collection series. This is the second print of his long ceramics series – some of which were simply entitled as this is with the year 75-59. This was done in 1975 and was a quite large edition 201. this is 5/201 the print was first distributed by Red Lantern Gallery in Kyoto. Whoever bought made sure it would survive a long time. It was framed and matted by the best frame of the day in Tokyo, Kato. It stayed in Japan from framing until being sold recently at an auction in Tokyo.
The print shows dramatic mustard yellow vase in the center and a nice red persimmon off to the left. In the Maki style of seeing balance: to the right is a signature in white and the Maki seal. Maki used this white ink squiggle about a dozen times in the 70s. The leafs of the Persimmon tree are tipped with a Japanese lacquer to make them glisten as in the autumn light The print is is dramatic and calm. It has finished traveling for a while It now resides in Beijing next to other Maki prints. It is a kind of reunion for all.
Frame 8 shows the original Red Lantern catalogue with this image.