• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 321

    A LARGE COBALT AND LUSTRE POTTERY TILE

    SIGNED KATO TAKUO, JAPAN, SECOND HALF 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE COBALT AND LUSTRE POTTERY TILE
    SIGNED KATO TAKUO, JAPAN, SECOND HALF 20TH CENTURY
    Of rectangular form, the surface with moulded decoration, the main register depicting a mounted hunter with leashed lion facing a charging elephant against a ground of scrolls and floral sprays reserved against a golden brown lustre ground, a minor band of reciprocating scrolls below and a wider register with birds flanking a mythical beast surrounded by further floral sprays above, signature of Kato Takuo in the lower right hand corner, in fitted wooden box
    13¼ x 15¾in. (33.8 x 39.9cm.)


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    Kato Takuo (1917-2004) was a Ningen-Kokuho, a Japanese 'Living National Treasure'. Born into a family of pottery masters dating back to the late Edo period, he studied ceramic art under his father Kobe Kato and in 1965 travelled to Finland to continue his studies. There he concentrated on Persian ceramics found at ancient Iranian kiln sites. He became a leading figure in the restoration of Persian lusterware. In 1991 he won an award from the Japanese Ceramic Society and in 1995 became an 'Important Intangible Cultural Asset' for his three-colour techniques. He is famous for recreating lusterwares as well as blue-glazed and three-coloured wares.

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