Vessel Explored / Vessel Transformed - Tomimoto Kenkichi and his Enduring Legacy

Asia Week New York

March 13 – April 26, 2019

Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963)

Large rounded white vessel

1936

Glazed porcelain

8 5/8 x 12 5/8 inches

Inv# 10905

SOLD

Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963)

Sake flask with fern pattern

after 1952

Glazed porcelain with gold and silver glazes over red overglaze

6 x 3 7/8 x 3 1/2 inches

Inv# 10772

POR

Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963)

Iro-e square covered box

1941

Glazed porcelain

2 5/8 x 7 1/8 x 7 1/4 inches

Inv# 11035

RESERVED

Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963)

Sake flask with 4-petal floral pattern

1944

Polychrome overglaze enameled porcelain

7 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Inv# 10771

POR

Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963)

Bottle with bamboo, chevron, and geometric patterns

1955

Glazed porcelain with gold overglaze

8 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Inv# 10770

SOLD

Fujimoto Yoshimichi (Nōdō) (1919-1992)

Vase with geometric patterning

ca. 1972

Overglaze enameled stoneware

8 7/8 x 9 3/8 x 10 inches

Inv# 10719

SOLD

Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963)

Kazarizara “boke”;

Depiction of platter decorated with flowering quince

1928 (dated on original box inscription)

Hanging scroll; ink on paper with TK ceramic endrollers

12 1/4 x 12 inches; 46 x 15 5/8 inches (with mount)

Inv# 10743

$4,850

Kawai Kanjirō (1890-1966)

Flask-vase with floral relief decoration

ca. 1953

Polychrome-glazed stoneware

6 x 7 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches

Inv# 10725

SOLD

Hamada Shōji (1894-1978)

Vessel with resist patterning

ca. 1976

Persimmon-glazed stoneware

10 x 8 1/2 x 8 inches

Inv# 10726

SOLD

Kamoda Shōji (1933-1983)

Round bowl with undulating horizontal banded patterning

1974

Glazed stoneware with overglaze enamel

3 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches

Inv# 10941

SOLD

Kuriki Tatsusuke (1943-2013)

Platter with geometric patterning

ca. 1980

Glazed stoneware with silver and green overglazes

1 1/2 x 12 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Inv# 10759

POR

Kuriki Tatsusuke (1943-2013)

Bluish green tubular vessel

ca. 1967

Glazed stoneware

11 1/2 x 14 x 14 inches

SOLD

Matsui Kōsei (1927-2003)

Small globular neriage (marbleized) vase

ca. 1980

Marbleized stoneware

3 7/8 x 5 3/8 inches

Inv# 10783

$9,500

Kitaōji Rosanjin (1886-1963)

Sake flask with curvilinear and polka-dot pattern

ca. 1940

Polychrome overglaze enameled porcelain

4 1/2 x 2 7/8 inches

Inv# 10696

SOLD

Kiyomizu Rokubey VII (1922-2006)

Light brown square vase

1957

Glazed stoneware

6 1/8 x 6 7/8 inches

Inv# 10737

POR

Yanagihara Mutsuo (b. 1934)

Silver oribe sculpted vessel

1997-98

Glazed stoneware

19 7/8 x 12 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches

Inv# 10846

SOLD

Kondo Takahiro (b. 1958)

Blue-glazed teabowl on a raised foot 

2017

Glazed porcelain, silver mist overglaze

3 1/2 x 6 inches

Inv# 10751

SOLD

Matsui Kōsei (1927-2003)

Blue and white neriage (marbleized) vessel

ca. 1988

Marbleized stoneware

8 3/8 x 8 1/2 inches

Inv# 10977

SOLD

Kamoda Shōji (1933-1983)

Lime-glazed scraped round low bowl

1968

Stoneware

1 1/2 x 6 5/8 x 6 5/8 inches

Inv# 11091

SOLD

Hayashi Kaku (b. 1953)

Cloudy Now; Fine Later

2018

Glazed stoneware with gold and platinum overglazes

9 x 13 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches

Inv# 10884

SOLD

Kawai Kanjirō (1890-1966)

Vessel with tri-color splashed decoration

ca. 1955

Glazed stoneware

7 1/2 x 9 x 5 3/4 inches

Inv# 10739

SOLD

Fujimoto Yoshimichi (Nōdō) (1919-1992)

Inlaid modernist vessel

ca. 1965

Glazed stoneware

8 x 9 7/8 inches

Inv# 8139

SOLD

Kondō Yutaka (1932-1983)

Textured vase with impressed patterning

ca. 1982

Glazed stoneware with white slip inlay

13 1/8 x 6 1/2 inches

Inv# 10374

$6,850

Kamoda Shōji (1933-1983)

Square dish with colorful leaf patterning

1972

Slip-glazed stoneware

1 3/8 x 6 1/8 x 6 inches

Inv# 10018

POR

Kawasaki Tsuyoshi (b. 1942)

Machi; Townscape

2014

Glazed stoneware with a thin layer of porcelain clay

12 1/2 x 14 1/4 x 13 inches

Inv# 10889

SOLD

Takeuchi Kōzō (b. 1977)

Modern Remains: Intention

2018

Porcelain, lacquer on wood

31 1/4 x 21 1/2 x 16 inches

Inv# 10847

SOLD

Sakiyama Takayuki (b. 1958)

Chōtō; "Listening to the Waves"

2018

Stoneware with sand glaze

16 1/2 x 16 x 16 1/2 inches

Inv# 10883

SOLD

Saeki Moriyoshi (b. 1949)

Inlaid, flattened vessel

2018

Glazed stoneware

9 x 19 x 4 3/4 inches

Inv# 10932

SOLD

Kondō Yūzō (1902-1985)

Blue-and-white vase with thistle design

ca. 1930

Glazed porcelain

8 1/2 x 6 5/8 x 6 3/4 inches

Inv# 10839

SOLD

Kondō Takahiro (b. 1958)

Monolith-Blue Mist

2017

Glazed porcelain, cast glass and silver mist glaze

34 x 7 1/2 x 5 inches

Inv# 10748

SOLD

Nagasawa Setsuko (b. 1941)

Black and white two-part sculpture

2018

Glazed porcelain and stoneware

17 x 7 7/8 x 11 inches

SOLD

Maeda Masahiro (b. 1948)

Iro-e teabowl

ca. 1990

Glazed porcelain

2 3/4 x 4 inches

Inv# 10958

SOLD

Maeda Masahiro (b. 1948)

Faceted water jar decorated with bird motif

1982

Five-color enameled porcelain with silver overglaze

5 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches

SOLD

Matsuda Yuriko (b. 1943)

Iro-e teabowl, ca. 2016

Glazed porcelain

3 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Inv# 10769

SOLD

Kamoda Shōji (1933-1983)

Flattened vase with flared base

1969

Scraped-slip on stoneware

11 1/8  8 x 5 1/2 inches

Inv# 10768

SOLD

Tamura Kōichi (1918-1987)

Round teabowl

ca. 1985

Glazed stoneware

3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Inv# 10785

SOLD

Tamura Kōichi (1918-1987)

Iron and copper-glazed, plum blossom patterned, large vessel

ca. 1983

Glazed stoneware

13 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Inv# 11016

SOLD

Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979)

Tubular sculpture with stamped floral pattern

ca. 1957

Slip-glazed stoneware

Inv# 10717

9 1/2 x 4 x 3 3/4 inches

SOLD

Kiyomizu Rokubei VI (1901-1980)

Red inverted conical incense burner

ca. 1965

Glazed stoneware

4 x 4 1/4 inches

Inv# 10940

SOLD

Kondō Yūzō (1902-1985)

Vase with plum-blossom pattern

ca. 1976

Cobalt-blue glazed porcelain with gold overglaze

8 x 8 inches

Inv# 10840

SOLD

Kondō Yūzō (1902-1985)

Round white vessel

1938

Glazed porcelain

7 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches

SOLD

Kuriki Tatsusuke (1943-2013)

Vessel with silver banding

ca. 1979

Glazed stoneware with silver overglaze

9 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches

Inv# 10758

SOLD

Kamoda Shōji (1933-1983)

Columnar vessel with ribbon pattern

1976

Glazed stoneware

10 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches

Inv# 10953

SOLD

Kiyomizu Rokubey VII (1922-2006)

Rounded vase with gold banding

ca. 1962

Irabo (wood ash)-glazed stoneware

7 7/8 x 9 5/8 x 7 inches

Inv# 10735

SOLD

Yanagihara Mutsuo (b. 1934)

Yellow oribe sculpture

1994-early 1996

Glazed stoneware

28 3/4 x 15 x 8 1/4 inches

Inv# 10844

SOLD

Wada Morihiro (1944-2008)

Black, red and ochre rectangular waisted standing vessel

ca. 1995

Slip-glazed stoneware

11 3/4 x 8 x 7 3/4 inches

Inv# 10703

SOLD

Maeda Masahiro (b. 1948)

Vessel with geoemetric patterning

2006

Polychrome overglaze enameled porcelain

10 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches

Inv# 10876

SOLD

Matsui Kōsei (1927-2003)

Marbleized vessel with tidal-grass patterning

ca. 1989

Marbleized stoneware

11 1/2 x 12 inches

Inv# 10845

SOLD

Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979)

Leaning vessel with geometric patterning

ca. 1970

Glazed stoneware with white and black slip-glaze

9 x 8 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Inv# 10765

SOLD

Tsuboi Asuka (b. 1932)

Spring Autumn Philosopher's Lane

2018

Glazed stoneware with gold overglaze

11 1/4 x 8 x 7 1/2 inches

Inv# 10891

SOLD 

Katsumata Chieko (b. 1950)

Akoda; Pumpkin

2018

Stoneware with matte glazes

11 x 12 x 10 inches

Inv# 10754

SOLD

Tashima Etsuko (b. 1959)

Cornucopia 00-VIII

2000

Stoneware and cast glass

16 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 7 inches

Inv# 10848

SOLD

Morino Hiroaki Taimei (b. 1934)

Vessel with wave pattern

ca. 1990

Glazed stoneware

12 x 10 x 6 inches

Inv# 10730

SOLD

Kitamura Junko (b. 1956)

Spherical vessel with circular patterning

1999

Stoneware with black slip and white slip inlay

12 1/2 x 13 x 12 inches

Inv# 10829

SOLD

Miyashita Zenji (1939-2012)

Against the Winds

2010

Glazed stoneware with colored-clay bands

18 3/4 x 19 x 5 inches

Inv# 10872

SOLD

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vessel Explored / Vessel Transformed:
Tomimoto Kenkichi and His Enduring Legacy
MARCH 13 - APRIL 20, 2018
39 EAST 78TH STREET NYC

 

NEW YORK, NY December 2018 JOAN B MIRVISS LTD with the invaluable assistance of Japan's leading modern ceramic dealer, Shibuya Kurodatoen Co., LTD is honored to present Vessel Explored / Vessel Transformed: Tomimoto Kenkichi and his Enduring Legacy. This groundbreaking exhibition and its accompanying publication, the first of its type outside Japan, focuses on the remarkable artist and teacher, Tomimoto Kenkichi. While, a relative unknown in the west, Tomimoto is revered as the father of his field. He was the most significant figure in the world of twentieth-century Japanese ceramics and his impact continues through his gifted and inspired former pupils and their talented students, many of whom are now professors of ceramics. Together they have transformed and surpassed the classical standard for functional ceramic excellence-devotion to the ancient Chinese traditions or allegiance to the late 16th- century Momoyama tea wares- and brought to their oeuvres a new, contemporary, and highly influential sensibility. Furthermore, this caused the ancient system of familial kilns and stylistic heritages to give way to university relationships that spawned artistic families of their own. Without Tomimoto himself and his legacy of pupils, Japan would not be in the preeminent position as champion of contemporary clay that it is today.

"The legacy of Tomimoto left his students, through his many texts and instructions at university, is of utmost importance to the history of Japanese art and deserves a separate study. The discourse of modern Japanese ceramics was profoundly affected by Tomimoto's teachings." (Meghan Jones, Dissertation, 2014, p. 287)

As a technical innovator and genius with surface decoration, Tomimoto Kenkichi was the founder of the ceramics department at Kyoto City University of Arts, which profoundly believed that patterns should never be reused, and took inspiration from nature in order to keep his work fresh and new often instructing his students:

"For pattern, look to nature and its beauty- form, line, and color. Study and understand how they are structured."

Not born into a traditional pottery family but educated in things western, having traveled in the West and befriended the major English ceramic artist, Bernard Leach; Tomimoto had a much broader view of Japanese ceramics than many of his contemporaries. As a teacher, he expounded on the importance of individuality, originality, and the confluence of forms and patterns. Throughout his life, he remained steadfast in his own beliefs and attempted to instill these ethical values in his pupils.

Vessel Explored / Vessel Transformed: Tomimoto Kenkichi and his Enduring Legacy will showcase works by the teacher himself along with ceramics by his former pupils, artists and teachers in their own right and their pupils. In all, some of the greatest stars of Japanese modern ceramics and contemporary ceramics will be on show. Below is a selection from the artists being included.

Contemporaries of Tomimoto- students and colleagues

HAMADA Shōji
KAWAI Kanjirō
KONDŌ Yūzō
YAGI Kazuō

Second Generation Students of Tomimoto Kenkichi

FUJIMOTO Yoshimichi Nōdō
KAMODA Shōji
KURIKI Tatsusuke
MATSUDA Yuriko
TAMURA Kōichi
TSUBOI Atsuka
WADA Morihiro
YANAGIHARA Mutsuo

Third Generation Artists (included in catalogue)

FUTAMURA Yoshimi
HAYASHI Kaku
KATSUMATA Chieko
KOIKE Shōko
KONDŌ Takahiro
MAEDA Masahiro
MATSUI Kōsei
OGAWA Machiko
TASHIMA Etsuko

In putting together the seminal publication to accompany our legacy exhibition, we are honored to have enlisted the services of esteemed experts in this area: Kida Takuya, Professor at Musashino Art University and author of numerous articles on this topic, Meghen Jones, Assistant Professor of Art History at Alfred University who wrote her dissertation on Tomimoto, and emerging scholar Trevor Menders. Their essays are complemented by recollections from several of Tomimoto's former pupils and pioneers in their own right.

About Joan B. Mirviss LTD

Joan B. Mirviss has been a distinguished expert in Japanese art, specializing in fine art and ceramics for more than forty years. She is the leading Western dealer in the field of modern and contemporary Japanese ceramics, and from her New York gallery on Madison Avenue, JOAN B MIRVISS LTD exclusively represents the top Japanese clay artists. As a widely published and highly respected specialist in her field. Mirviss has advised and built collections for many museums, major private collectors, and corporations.

For show information and high-resolution images, please contact the gallery at 212-799-4021 or via email at director@mirviss.com