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Japanese Contemporary Set of Five Blue Celadon Porcelain Plates by Living National Treasure Kaiji Tsukamoto
This set of five Japanese blue celadon porcelain plates were made with the one-cut incised design method of a 'Katasetsuho Katagiri Boli' designed peony under thick slip glaze, similar to 'glaze resist' method. They were made by very famous Kaiji Tsukamoto カイジ塚本 b. 1912 d. 1990, and was designated the highest award by the Japanese state as a National Living Treasure in 1983. His famous method for these wares and that he owned were designated as an Intangible Cultural Property in Gifu in 1973. His passion and love of Western wares coupled with his fascination of Ding ware of the Song dynasty and from which he drew for inspiration led him to spend years ultimately producing these elegant, noble wares. So fine in fact, the artist gained significant attention from and was were highly admired by the Chinese. Items of Kaiji are held in the most famous museums and are sold at Christie's, Sotheby's and Bonhams. See more below about this Kaiji Tsukamoto's history and world famous techniques. These five lovely plates are molded in a unique six sided shape with an inward curve at the rim and an upward curve at the corner. They are hand cut with a one swipe method similar to that done on wood known as 'Katasetsuho Katagiri Boli' of a peony and its leaves, one of the artist's favorites motifs. With even more intense work the incised art is covered in solid deep underglaze which creates two shades, blue and white and covers much of each plate. These plates are all in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. These wares were made sometime between the mid to late 1950s and the early 1980s, The five plates are incised with his mark on the bottom. They come with a signed two-sided tomobako, a box made especially for this item, signed with his name, the name of his kiln- Kaizan-gama, the description of the item, and which is very important to their value and future safe keeping. One of the nicer tomobako I have seen. An official copy of his biography is also included. They are in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. The true blue of the plates and true colors are not quite showing through as bright as they should be,
SIZE: Diameter 4.92 inches or 12.5 cm, Height 1 inch or 2.5 cm. Total Weight: 1027g or 2.26 lbs pre-packed
Kaiji Tsukamoto カイジ塚本 b. 1912 d. 1990- Biography and Significant Background of his 'Blue and White' Porcelains
Kaiji Tsukamoto was born into a family engaged in the ceramics industry in Gifu Prefecture, He spent his 20s engaged in the family business. it was at the age of 31-year-old that he began his study of blue and white porcelain, after reading 'Kageao miscellaneous notes' written by the potter Fujio Koyama about Kageao Inchin a blue porcelain.
Kageao Inchin was the blue-tinged porcelain first established in Jingdezhenm, China from where Kaiji gained much knowledge and influence. Jingdezhenm of the Northern Song Dynasty came to influence his white and blue porcelain works. Tsukamoto's white and blue white porcelain is often seen with carved motifs. According to the writer of this part, his style and works appear to have been carved by the tool which makes a single-cut carving called a 'Katasetsuho Katagiri Boli'. This is a sculpture technique similar to the technique of Ehana or burning hotly, but a one-off carved deeper pattern will emerge. Here, a spatula is used to press the porcelain to the side and up, and the outer contour scraped by the pattern is more noticeable. This can shade the vessel surface if white porcelain, is why blue glaze appears to have different casts of light and shade, which accumulated in the groove if blue white porcelain is born. Kaiji Tsukamoto work style that uses a single-cut carving so effectively is one of the features. The pattern that has been carved for thin build was made carefully.These thin-making and carving of the technology is what made it so attractive. Therefore, the work for which he was accredited as the Intangible Cultural Property was more appropriately known as 'white porcelain, blue white porcelain'. The work then which began with the reproduction the blue and white porcelain of Jingdezhen 鎮窯 of Teikama, blossomed into a style which takes into account the modeling of Mr. Tsukamoto.
The above Blog and history were translated and I did the best I could to help it make sense with the challenges of the internet translation software, This can be found at a .jp website called 'Touro JI' and is under the techniques section by the artist. This is our first draft will try to come back and check it again. We will try to add to our "favorites' section on our homepage or please feel free to inquire and we are happy to share the links. We have additional links with the buyer, one or two more about his life and works we will try to excerpt or share on our Favorites, which discusses all the many awards he won in the 30 years of his life as an artist surrounding this time.
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