20 March 2013
A bronze vase
Showa period (mid-20th century), signed Tomiyasu saku (Aida Tomiyasu; 1901-1987)
The tall cylindrical bronze vase with slightly everted neck, cast with a motif of stylized fish within a design of two intersectiong bands to the upper body, cast with two semicircular knobs, brown patina with patches of other colors, signature on base
12½in. (31.8cm.) high
With original wood box titled Gyomon seido kabin (bronze vase with fish design)
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Bijutsu kogeikai, ed., Nitten shu 4 (Nitten [Japan Art Exhibition] vol. 4) (Tokyo: Bijutsu kogeisha, 1948).
The 4th Nitten, 1948, awarded a Special Prize (Tokusen)
Aida Tomiyasu was born in Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture and studied metal casting under Yamamoto Azumi (1880-1945), also a graduate of the metal-casting department at the Tokyo School of Fine Art. Between 1929 and 1957, he exhibited regularly in the annual government-sponsored exhibitions. He exhibited successfully at the New York World's Fair and at the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939 and became known for the art deco-inspired style evident in this example.
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