Artist: Tokuda Yasokichi (Japan, 1933-2009)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1992
Porcelain with polychrome enamel glazes
H x W x D: 8.8 x 54.8 x 54.8 cm (3 7/16 x 21 9/16 x 21 9/16 in)
Japan, Ishikawa prefecture, Komatsu
Credit Line
Gift of the Japan Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan, porcelain
Provenance research underway.

Working with the deep-toned enamel colors long associated with Kutani ware, Tokuda Yasokichi creates abstract rather than pictorial imagery. The artist fashioned a polished porcelain surface to give texture to the enamels. He applied the enamels in precise bands.  When he fired the bowl, however, the enamels melted and ran toward the center, combining to form new colors and patterns. Like many artists, Tokuda gives individual names to his works.

Published References
  • Jayne Shatz. Japanese Overglaze Enameled Porcelains:The Journey from Tradition to a Contemporary Palette. .
  • Yosai, Sandai Tokuda Yasokichi Sakuhinshu [Works of Yasokichi Tokuda]. Tokyo. pl. 31.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Twentieth-century Asian Crafts in the Sackler Gallery. vol. XLIII no. 3. p. 20, fig. 7.
  • Tokuda Yasokichi III: The Power of Colour, drawing on the past. Exh. cat. pp.117-125.
Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
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