Posted 6 months ago
This small bowl is just under 4" in diameter and has a ground base. It came with its original tomo-bako (wooden box), sanado-himo (string) and ukon-fu/tomo-kire (tumeric cloth). I acquired this piece from a reputable dealer in Japan and it was a very enjoyable experience. I have been looking for a piece by Iwata Toshichi, with tomo-bako, and was delighted to find this little bowl. It has so much going on, as if Iwata poured extra spirit and effort into making it due to its small size. Using the dealer's images, with permission, as they are very well done and I could not do better.
Iwata Toshichi (1893-1980) is considered to be the founding father of Modern art glass making in Japan. Iwata graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts metal-craft department in 1918. He then earned a BA in Western (Oil) Painting in 1923. Iwata next moved to study glass under Imamura Shigezo at the Tachibana Glass Factory. Iwata exhibited his works at the Nitten National Exhibition before and after the Second World War, serving as an exhibition judge there later in life. Iwata received the Japan Art Academy Prize in 1951. In 1972 he founded the Japan Glass Art and Crafts Association. He was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1980 by the Emperor for his lifetime of devotion to the arts. His works have been collected by the The National Museums of Modern Art, in both Tokyo and Kyoto, and several of his pieces are held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York among many others.