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    Posted 1 year ago

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    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. He and wife Iwata Itoko founded the Iwata Glass Industrial Company in 1947. 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.

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 1 year ago
      Totally gorgeous bowl Kevin, the different textures in the design are amazing
    2. sklo42 sklo42, 1 year ago
      Image one drew me in.......magnificent! Like nothing I've seen before !!!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      @Newfld - Thanks for your comment, Jenni! I agree!

      @sklo42- Thanks for your coment, sklo42! It is pieces like this that make me consider how my collection will be dispersed when the time comes. Pretty sure this piece will go to a museum so it can be enjoyed by many people.

      Thanks for loving my little Iwata bowl sklo42, aura, Hoot60 and Jenni!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
      Fabulous !.!!.!
    5. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 year ago
      “ORDER OF THE SACRED TREASURE”! Now that’s a cool award to receive! This little bowl makes up for it’s size in such a delicious way!
      Love it all, bowl, box, string, cloth! What a “Treasure”!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      @vetraio50 - Thanks Kevin!

      @Ms.CrystalShip - Thanks for you comments, Eileen! The Japanese were, and are, very much into spiritual titles.

      Thanks for loving my Iwata Toshichi bowl bobby725, SEAN68, Eileen, Kevin and MALKEY!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thank you Watchsearcher!
    8. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 1 year ago
      Yes, your image drew me in also! Just Fabulous!!!
    9. artfoot artfoot, 1 year ago
      Excellent use of your stimulus money. :+)
    10. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      @shareurpassion - Thanks for your comment! It is a spellbinding little bowl, I think.

      @artfoot - ;0)

      Thanks for taking the time to look at my little Iwata bowl fortapache, shareurpassion and artfoot!
    11. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thank you very much iggy!
    12. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thanks for loving my Iwata bowl Thomas!
    13. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thank you Vynil33rpm, I appreciate you taking time to look at my little Iwata bowl!
    14. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thanks for taking time to look at and love my Iwata Toshichi bowl lisa, Broochman and officialfuel!
    15. racer4four racer4four, 1 year ago
      It's a beauty Kevin, and just a great piece of Toshichi Iwata.
      It is a very measured piece for him I think, with the deliberate 4 strokes of black and the carefully placed colours and gold sheet. It still shows his loose style though. Fantastic find!
    16. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      Thanks Karen! I really like this one, too. I like smaller pieces so long as they have some complexity. This one was carefully planned and executed.
    17. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks for taking a look at my Iwata Toshichi bowl apostata!
    18. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thank you very much antiquerose!
    19. apostata apostata, 4 months ago
      if you can create this, you must be coming from heaven
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 months ago
    21. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks for your comments apostata and Kevin. It is a pretty special piece. I just missed getting another one of these that Iwata Toshichi made with different materials and colors but in the same size and shape.

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