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Japanese Art Glass29 of 142Unknown artist Japanese pate de verre vaseRose plate by Iwaki Glass Japan
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    Posted 11 months ago

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    This vase by Iwata Toshichi is 8" high x a bit over 6" widest diameter and weighs 3 lbs 4 ounces. The original, signed tomobako has survived but the signed ukon-fu (turmeric cloth), the tomonuno, has not. This one is a bit unusual as it is signed on the back of the lid and the name of the piece, Tsubomi, "bud" or "flower bud", is on the outside of the lid. I do not have a good feeling for when this was made. Maybe Karen can hazard a guess. A factory version of this vase was made later.

    There is a bit of controlled bubble, applied ribs and it is thickly walled. There is some minor chipping on the base, possibly done during the making of the vase as there does not appear to be any wear to the bottom.

    I was pretty proud of my August restraint, as I had not made any purchases this month, but came across this guy a couple of hours before the auction ended. I was on my way to go hiking, so sent the seller a couple of questions about the condition but their shop was not open before the auction ended with no bidders, at a very reasonable price for a piece like this. The seller eventually responded and we worked out a deal.

    I have been looking for a second boxed piece by Iwata Toshichi so was unable to resist. This one is a nice contrast to my first boxed piece by Iwata, I think. My other piece is small and sleek, while this piece is rather large and ponderous.

    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.

    I wonder if Japanese art glass will ever be popular in Japan?

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 11 months ago
      Beautiful, reminds me of a strawberry sundae!
    2. Alfie21 Alfie21, 11 months ago
      Thanks for sharing. The color! & controlled bubbles! are great. What a great vase!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 11 months ago
      Thanks for your comment, Jenni! Yeah, looks edible to me!

      Thanks for your comments Alfie21! Iwata did some good work on this vase.

      Thanks for loving my Iwata Toshichi vase Ben, Cisum, Alfie21, Jenni, BHIFOS and Gillian!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 11 months ago
      Thank you Manikin and dav2no1!
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 months ago
      Wonderful !!!
    6. racer4four racer4four, 11 months ago
      It's a beauty Kevin, well found! I have a later production piece of this and you are fortunate to have a master's piece with tomobako. The pink is beautiful.
      I think 1950s maybe early 60s for this, no later.

      Yeah JP is awful but I am using it with surface mail at present because of cost. DHL seems to have doubled in price over the last few years.
    7. kwqd kwqd, 11 months ago
      Thanks for your comment, Kevin! I think so too!

      Thanks for your comments and information, Karen! Yeah, I had no choice but to buy it, right? Right? JP would not be so bad if the tracking actually worked.

      Thanks for loving my latest Iwata glass Kevin!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 11 months ago
      Thanks Vynil33rpm, fortapache and RichmondLori!
    9. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 11 months ago
      This color pink is so pretty!
      A vase from a master, and as always your commentaries teach us so much..
      You don’t just describe in a couple short sentences,( drives me nuts, I consider it just laziness from poster or they just don’t know anything) But you! There’s always a story behind your wonderful posts!
    10. kwqd kwqd, 11 months ago
      Thanks for your kind comments and for loving my new vase, Eileen! Glad you enjoyed this post!
    11. kwqd kwqd, 11 months ago
      Thank you, aura!
    12. kwqd kwqd, 11 months ago
      Thank you sklo42!
    13. kwqd kwqd, 9 months ago
      Life changes and "stuff" has interfered with collecting, posting and commenting on CW, probably for the next few months, but I was able to start, and help to polish, a Wikipedia page for Toshichi Iwata:
    14. Gillian, 9 months ago
      Congrats on the Wiki page kwqd!
    15. kwqd kwqd, 9 months ago
      Thank you, Gillian!
    16. Newfld Newfld, 9 months ago
      Kevin we miss you very much but take all the time you need, and stay safe. Kudos on your wiki page!
    17. kwqd kwqd, 9 months ago
      Thanks Jenni! Eventually, I will start a page for his son, Hisatoshi, as well.
    18. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thank you rancherswife!

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