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    Sale 2266

    Japanese and Korean Art

    17 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 11

    Two Stoneware Vases


    Price Realised  


    Two Stoneware Vases
    Miyashita Zenji (b. 1939)
    Midori no mai (Green dance) and Moeru kaze (Budding wind), each signed Miyashita in Roman print on the base
    16¾in. (42.6cm.) high, first; 14 5/8in. (37.2cm.) high, second
    Each with wood box titled as above, signed and sealed Zenji and inscribed saidei kaki (colored clay flower vase) (2)

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    The colored clay technique (saidei) is a distinguishing characteristic of Miyashita's biomorphic and geometric works. Bands of color formed by mixing metallic pigments with clay overlap in gradations from light to dark, top to bottom. The eldest son of the potter Miyashita Zenju (1901-1968), the artist lives in Kyoto where he was born. His work is included in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the British Museum, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, among many others.