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.