October 18, 04:02 AM GMT
60,000 - 80,000 HKD
Fujisawa Hideyuki (b. 1972),
A lacquered Yuteki Tenmoku bowl
d. 12.1 cm
Contemporary Japanese lacquer artist Fujisawa Hideyuki’s work display a playful exploration on the possibilities of various traditional material. At first glance, the present bowl follows strictly the decorative repertoire seen on a classic Song dynasty temmoku teabowl traditionally made of ceramic. It was in fact, however, created by applying layers of lacquer over a wooden core, on which multiple glittering pieces of mother-of-pearl were inlaid.
The ceramic prototype of this could be the two Song dynasty temmoku teabowls revered as National Treasures of Japan, one from the collection of Ryūkō-in sub-temple of the Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto, and the other one from the collection of the Museum of Oriental Ceramics in Osaka, both published in Nishida Hiroko and Degawa Tetsuro, Chugoku no toji/Chinese Ceramics, vol. 6, Tenmoku, Tokyo, 1999, pls 32 and 33.
By skilfully applying the black lacquer and even meticulously mimicking the glaze pooling effect as you would expect on a traditional temmoku bowl, Fujisawa captured the fluidity of the glaze on its ceramic counterparts. This aesthetic experience was further enhanced by the lush inlay of mother-of-pearl fragments on the lacquer surface, re-creating the prismatic iridescence and spectral colouration of refracted light as you would have seen on an oil-spot bowl.