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Property from an Important Private Collection

Tsujimura Yui (b. 1975) | Large storage jar

Lot Closed

July 26, 01:05 PM GMT


6,000 - 8,000 GBP

Lot Details


Property from an Important Private Collection 

Tsujimura Yui (b. 1975)

Large storage jar

oviform, the tall stoneware body tapering towards the irregularly shaped foot, impressed pattern and dripped natural ash blue, purple and green glazes, fitted wood strorage box (tomobako), signed Yui, sealed Y, inscribed Shizen yu otsubo (Large jar with natural ash glaze)

62 cm., 24½ in. high (the jar)

66.5 x 60.8 x 61 cm., 26¼ x 24⅛ x 24 in. (the fitted wood storage box)

Koichi Yanagi

An almost abstract pattern is formed in green and blue streaks of natural ash glaze. Fired on its side horizontal, circular lines take shape as the glazes run down the body. Tsujimura Yui uses additional blown ash during the firing to accentuate the gatherings of ash glaze across his archaic looking vessels.

Yui uses earth rich in feldspar from Shigaraki and Iga which he digs himself from construction sites in the two areas. In order to achieve a smoother and white texture than is usually observed in more traditional wares from the ancient kiln sites, Yui blends other clay into into the mixture resulting in the idiosyncratic stoneware body recognisable in his work.

For a similar storage jar in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET), accession number 2010.563, go to: