Large Kutani Charger by Tokuda Yasokichi III
Some of the more interesting Kutani glazes throughout history have come out of the Tokuda kiln. The third generation Tokuda Yasokichi lll (1933-2009), born Masahiko, was designated a ‘Living National Treasure’ for his mastery of Kutani glazes in 1997. In Kutani pottery the five colors (go-sai) reign supreme: red, blue, yellow, purple and green. The origin of these pigments is in Ming Dynasty Chinese porcelains. Yet Kutani retains its own identity and is purely Japanese in the usage of the pigments. The first Yasokichi once said to his grandson that, “If you have these pigments you can live off them for the rest of your life.” Here is a large Tokuda charger with a delicate ajiro(weaving) pattern drawn on it as the go-sai colors deepen as the eyes move to the center. A masterpiece in perfect condition with a signed box, signed Yasokichi on base, 53.cm.across.