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LOT 44

MURATA GEN

(Japanese, 1904-1988)
Mashiko Vase
Stoneware, layered cream and brown ash glazes over a carved faceted body, an iron painted stem-leaf motif front and back, impressed maker's mark, together with a signed wooden Box
H 25cm, W 8.4cm square
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Paris
BIOGRAPHY: Murata Gen is considered one of the greatest Mingei potters of the 20th century. Born in Ishikawa prefecture, Murata wanted to become a painter, yet upon seeing Living National Treasure Hamada Shoji's works at an exhibition he was inspired to take up pottery and to pursue Mingei ideals. At the age of 40 Murata moved from Tokyo to Mashiko and approached Hamada who agreed to take Murata on as an apprentice. Murata became a true Mashiko/Mingei potter in art and lifestyle, and persevered through poverty and hardship to produce truly profound work.

CONDITION: Perfect condition with no damage or restoration

Estimate :

£800 - £1,200

Item not sold:

Reserve was not met

Hammer Price:

£400

Bidding Ended :

Thursday, 5 November 2015 11:26:00

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