The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Mid Century Glass Basin by Iwata Toshichi

Mid Century Glass Basin by Iwata Toshichi


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1960: Item # 1410408

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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Like the colorful back of some sea creature white dots rise in concentric lines up to the undulating fluted rim of this exceptional glass bowl by Iwata Toshichi enclosed in the original signed and heavily padded wooden box titled Kaki, Kaichu no En (Flower Receptacle, Garden in the Sea) dating from the 1940s to 50s. The colors are so very much of that era, and yet the design is timeless. It is roughly 10 inches (25 m) diameter and in excellent condition.
Iwata Toshichi (1893-1980) is considered to be the founding father of Modern glass making in Japan. He graduated the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, metal-craft department, in 1918, then proceeded to garner a BA in Western (Oil) Painting in 1923 before moving to study glass under Imamura Shigezo at the Tachibana Glass Factory. He would exhibit his works with the Nitten National Exhibition both before and after the Second World War, serving as a judge there later in life. He received the Japan Art Academy Prize in 1951. In 1972 he established the Japan Glass Art and Crafts Association. He was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1980 by the Emporer for his lifetime of devotion to the arts. Many of his works have been collected by the The National Museums of Modern Art, both Tokyo and Kyoto, and several pieces are held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York among many others.