The items presented here are lithographs by Bernard Casselin, André Cotabo, Albert Zavalo and Paul Guillaman.
Each of these artists was active in Paris, and their works have vivid colours.
The four lithographs are contained in a calendar case made by Seiko Epson Corporation in 1986, like a picture storyboard.
The case is solid and can be stood up, so it would be good to display different pictures according to the season or mood.
Shinpei Sakakura (1917-1975) is the name of a ceramic artist who has been succeeded from generation to generation by the head of the Shinpei Sakakura Kiln, a Hagi ware kiln in Fukagawa, Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
The current head is Masaharu Sakakura Shinpei XV, but the item introduced here is a Hagi tea bowl made by Sakakura Shinpei XIV.
He was selected for the Japan Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition and the Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition, and in 1947 he was designated as an intangible cultural property holder by Yamaguchi Prefecture.
With a style that moderately interweaves a modern sense into traditional Hagi ware tea bowls, he left excellent works in tea bowls, water jars, tea containers, etc., and is still favored by many tea masters.
This Hagi tea bowl is in good condition, and the pale salmon pink glaze creates a soft texture that is typical of Hagi ware.
Maki-e technique is a traditional Japanese craft, and the technique has been handed down for hundreds of years.
Maki-e fountain pens are a fusion of this classic technique with modern culture, and have both historical value and artistic value at the same time.
This fountain pen has an inscription of Kunikokukai.
Kunikokukai” is a group of Japanese artists who believe that “maki-e is the light of the country, just as sumo is the national sport of Japan. The name “Kokuminokai” is derived from the belief that “just as sumo is the national sport of Japan, maki-e is the light of the nation,
The name was given by the late Ryosuke Namiki, one of the founders of Pilot.
Pilot’s maki-e products bear the inscription “Kokuminokai” as a seal of quality assurance.
The fountain pens are beautifully decorated with plum blossoms, showing the high level of craftsmanship.