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    Posted 2 years ago

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    This little vase is about 4" in diameter and 4" high, with tomo-bako (wooden box) signed by Iwata Hisatoshi. Missing its sanado-himo (string) and ukon-fu (tumeric cloth), but I replaced them with new ones. :( He is also known as Iwata Kuri. On one side, concentric squares were created by etching the glass.

    Iwata Hisatoshi 1925-1994 was born in Tokyo, the eldest son of Iwata Toshichi, the father of modern Japanese art glass. Iwata studied at the Tokyo Bijutsu school in the design department. He graduated from the prestigious Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1950. He was selected for Nitten (Japanese Fine Arts Exhibition) for the first time in 1949 and continued to exhibit there afterward. He inherited Iwata Industrial Art Glass which his father founded in 1953. Iwata established the Japan glass industrial arts society in 1972 and was its chairperson afterward for five years. He was a founding member of the Shiseido-sponsored Exhibition of Modern Industrial Arts (1975–95), submitting works for display eighteen times up until 1993. His work was added to the permanent of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art 20th century Design and Architecture section in 1986. His work is also part of the collection of the Corning Glass Museum.

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    1. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 years ago
      Beautiful! Love the gold accents and handles!
      Precious little vase...
    2. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      Very nice Japanese glass, I had no idea they had such a vibrant art glass industry, weird, yes? I'm used to Japanese ceramic and cloisonne decorative pieces with their own tomobako boxes, it is always special when you can acquire both. Thanks for posting.
    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      @Mrs.CrystalShip - Thanks Eileen! Iwata Hisatoshi made some very delicate, balanced glass.

      @truthordare - Thanks Lisa! Too bad even the Japanese don't appreciate their art glass.. It is worth much less than their ceramics or cloisonne work, which probably means it is not getting the care and preservation it deserves.

      Thanks for loving my little Iwata Hisatoshi vase Lisa, Eileen, Thomas, aura, Watchsearcher, artfoot, MALKEY, Jenni and charcoal!
    4. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      Thanks Kevin, I do see what you mean, it's CW that first showed me all the beautiful Japanese Art Glass, courtesy of Karen. I was quite knowledgeable about other Japanese decorative types of objects, because glass was not discussed.
    5. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks Hoot60, fortapache, SEAN68 and Kevin!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my Iwata Hisatoshi small vase, bobby725!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for taking a look at my Iwata vase blunderbuss2!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for your comment and for taking the time to look at and love my Iwata Hisatoshi vase Broochman!
    9. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      Lovely and I think better for it's smaller size.
      A beautiful applied foot (so Japanese!) and scroll handles, and with that lovely Kuri Iwata pearl ground.
      I think this would be hanaire, sometimes hana-ire.
    10. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks Karen! It is pretty delicate looking, but still thick glass. The tomobako is just about .33 larger than the bowl. It fits like a glove. It did come with the ukon-fu, I just set it aside when it came and forgot about it. Somewhere I acquired several feet of the flat, brown string the tomobako are usually tied with. No idea where that came from, but I won't need more of that for awhile! Did you seen the Tsukamoto Mashiko ware pottery that I found? I found it about 20 miles from where I live. Some folks were selling it for a friend who was selling off her grandparents' belongings. I paid $20 for it with tomobako.... The grandparents lived in Japan in the 1960s-70s.
    11. kwqd kwqd, 10 months ago
      Thanks Eileen!
    12. kwqd kwqd, 10 months ago
      Thanks Gillian!
    13. Celiene Celiene, 10 months ago
      Is the foot removable? The left side of 2nd pic has no foot!
    14. kwqd kwqd, 10 months ago
      Not removable, I just cropped it off when assembling this montage. These were the seller's images, used with their permission. I have just never gotten around to making my own images. I need to redo all of the images for this post. Now that I have been busted, I will do so this weekend!
    15. kwqd kwqd, 10 months ago
      The tomobako for this little pot sits so close to where I do my editing and posting, that I don't even have to straighten my arm to reach and touch it, so not excuse except sloth.
    16. kwqd kwqd, 10 months ago
      Thanks larksel! Updated images!
    17. kwqd kwqd, 10 months ago
      Light angle not great right now and my eyes are tired, so not really good images. I may try again later.
    18. kwqd kwqd, 9 months ago
      Thanks Eileen!

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