Takegoshi Jun

Flights of Fancy

September 13 – October 22, 2010

Covered square box decorated with kingfishers on vines, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
5 3/8 x 7 6/8 inches
Inv# 6662
SOLD

Tall square vase decorated with blue Japanese crested ibises and lotus plants, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
18 3/4 x 6 inches
Inv# 6665
SOLD

Square incense burner with a perforated cover and elevated foot decorated with kingfishers perched on dried plants, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
7 5/8 x 3 5/8 x 4 1/8 inches
Inv# 6668
SOLD

Tall vase decorated with kingfishers and wild grape vines, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
21 1/2 x 5 inches
Inv# 6671
SOLD

Tall vase with rounded shoulders decorated with three blue Japanese crested ibises, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
16 1/4 x 6 x 5/8 inches
Inv# 6672
SOLD

Covered rectangular box decorated with blue kingfishers perched on reeds and red dried lotus plants, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
3 7/8 x 4 1/3 x 4 5/8 inches
Inv# 6676
SOLD

Small square incense burner with a perforated cover and elevated foot, decorated with sparrows, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
4 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches
Inv# 6678
SOLD

Low square box decorated with varied tits perched on wild grape vines, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes with red lacquer cover
5 x 1 1 x 10 7/8 inches
Inv# 6679
SOLD

Narrow footed platter with floral design of bell flowers, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
2 1/8 x 4 x 20 3/4 inches
Inv# 6680
SOLD

Tall vase decorated with two kingfishers and dried reeds, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
9 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches
Inv# 6681
SOLD

Octagonal platter decorated with red and black toad lilies and a frog, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
2 1/8 x 15 1/4 x 13 7/8 inches
Inv# 6682
SOLD

Covered square box with varied tits perched on bamboo grasses, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
4 5/8 x 10 1/4 inches
Inv# 6683
SOLD

Covered square box with a large purple peony blossom and a sparrow, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
6 1/2 x 3/8 inches
Inv# 6684
SOLD

Square plater with angled sides, decorated with two blue Japanese crested ibises, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
2 5/8 x 15 inches
Inv# 6685
SOLD

Pentagonal platter with angled sides, decorated with a Japanese blue ibis, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
2 3/4 x 12 1/8 x 12 7/8 inches
Inv# 6686
SOLD

Square vase with Japanese blue ibises and lotus plants, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
10 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches
Inv# 6687
SOLD

Covered box decorated with a greater pied kingfisher and a beech tree, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
3 1/2 x 3 5/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Inv# 6688
SOLD

Covered rectangular box decorated with sparrows perched on branches, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
2 1/2 x 8 1/8 x 3 7/8 inches
Inv# 6693
SOLD

Small square covered box decorated with a sparrow and decorative banding, 2010
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
2 3/8 x 4 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches
Inv# 6694
SOLD

Installation view
Joan B Mirviss LTD

Opening reception at Joan B Mirviss LTD
September 13, 2010

Takegoshi Jun discussing his artistic process during his Artist Talk
with Joan Mirviss and translator Yasuko Otsue

Press Release

NEW YORK - Joan B. Mirviss is pleased to present masterworks in enameled porcelain by Kutani master Takegoshi Jun (b. 1948) to open their autumn season with his exhibition entitled "Flights of Fancy." This will be the artist's second exhibition in the United States and with our gallery, and will feature nearly 40 new works, including several larger scale forms, created specifically for this show.

Born in Ishikawa Prefecture, where Japanese painted porcelain known as Kutani ware has flourished for many centuries, Takegoshi inherited the polychrome overglaze techniques from his father Takegoshi Taizan III (1919-1984), also a master in this tradition. Trained at university in traditional nihonga painting, Takegoshi Jun approaches his white hand-built porcelain vessels as three-dimensional canvases, artfully applying jewel-like glazes to depict various species of birds, flowers and plants in carefully painted, sometimes whimsical compositions. He has uniquely adapted and expanded upon the old Kutani traditional go-sai five-color palette of peacock blue, mustard yellow, eggplant purple, brick red, and emerald green. Through his painterly use of these rich, delicately graded polychrome enamels on visually flat, white porcelain, Takegoshi highlights the push and pull between surface and depth, adding to the contemporary sensibility of his vessels.

Takegoshi was the recipient of the prestigious Japan Ceramic Association Award in 2007 and his works grace important Japanese collections and museums as well as Western institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Newark Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Victoria & Albert Museum; and Yale University Art Gallery.

There will be two artist's talks given in the gallery at the start of the exhibition.
Tuesday, September 14th at 5:00pm
Thursday, September 16th at 11:00am
Reservations required
212-799-4021 / nami@mirviss.com