A Japanese blue, green and purple glazed vase
By Tokuda Masahiko (Tokuda Yasokichi III 1933-2009), marked in red Kutani Masahiko
The oval vase with elegant neck, glazed in blue, green and purple. In original wooden box (not illustrated).
H. 21 cm
Tokuda Yasokichi III was one of the world's most famous of Kutani potters. Born in Ishikawa prefecture, he was designated a Living National Treasure in 1997 for his mastery of the saiyu glaze technique. Yasokichi III innovated the glaze technique based on traditional Kutani coloured glaze enamels. He developed techniques handed down from his grandfather, Tokuda Yasokichi I (1873-956) and later his father, Tokuda Yasokichi II (1907-1997). Through his saiyu glaze techniques, Yasokichi III created his own design characterised by delicate shading and the beautiful colour contrasts of his vivid enamel glazes. Yasokichi III’s works have been recognized widely and shown in numerous museums including the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sackler Gallery, and the Smithsoni