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Tatsuzo Shimaoka Stoneware Husband and Wife Teacups

Tatsuzo Shimaoka Stoneware Husband and Wife Teacups

Tatsuzo Shimaoka Stoneware Husband and Wife Teacups

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Tatsuzo Shimaoka (1919 - 2007)  Tatsuzō Shimaoka ( 島岡 達三 ) was a Japanese mingei potter who studied under Shōji Hamada and later became the second Living National Treasure of Mashiko, Japan. He was best known for his unique Jōmon zogan style of pottery inspired by the Jōmon rope like process and the Korean Yi Dynasty process of adding white slip to decorative indentations. Jōmon involves using ropes (often obihimo, or cord to wrap the obi for Japanese kimono) to make impressions in leather hard clay, while zogan is a process whereby slip is applied and inlaid in multiple layers into the impressed pattern. The slipped pattern is then carved back to the clay, highlighting it and leaving patterns exposed. After supervising the loading of a noborigama firing in late 2007, Shimaoka collapsed, and died several weeks later. These stoneware Unomi are with original inscribed box. 象嵌 赤繪 Zōgan Aka'e; 夫婦湯呑 Meoto yunomi (husband and wife teacups); 達三 Tatsuzō    Provenance: Two stoneware Unomi, of graduated size, the inlay braid work ground with medallions each side with painted linear motifs in an iron red, green and yellow, in signed wooden box, 9cm and 8cm dia. respectively.  Bonham's London sale #28759 11/13/2001 Lot #260 Catalogue page 47. Inscribed box 5" x 5" X 8 1/2"
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