Vase in an ovoid form with a high collar-like
foot, ornamented with abstract patterns. Of kanshitsu
or dry lacquer, executed in chōshitsu or carved lacquer
and in takamakie-e or raised black, red, yellow and tan
colored lacquers. By Fujisawa Junji (Fujisawa Junji, who also
used the gō or art name of Fujisawa Jun, 1919 - after
1970). Shōwa era, circa 1950 - 1960.
With the tomobako or original box,
inscribed in the exterior of the lid: Kanshitsu Kahei
Tsubomi Mon or Dry Lacquer Vase (in a) Flower Bud Motif;
and on the reverse of the lid signed: Junji, and
Included in the box is a handwritten document
(dating from 1960 or earlier) that states that Fujisawa Junji
won a total of seven awards at exhibition for his work, and
first began to exhibit in ShÅwa 16 (1941). Thus far, we have
been unable to independently confirm this information.
Born in 1919 in the village of Yasuhara in
Kagawa Prefecture, Fujisawa Junji graduated from the Takamatsu
School of the Industrial Arts in 1937. He then moved to Tokyo
to study at the Tokyo School of Fine Art, from which he
graduated in 1944. In 1953 - 1955, he exhibited at the 8th
- 10th government-sponsored Nitten art exhibitions,
a venue to which he also returned in 1957 - 1958, for the 12th
- 13th Nitten, and in 1970 to the 2nd
In the 1950s, artists like Fujisawa Junji
approached modernism and abstraction with an amazing
exuberance. Informed by high standards of craftsmanship, their
imagery loosens the ties to the natural world which inspired
it. Abandoning all sense of reserve, bold treatments of color
and shape dominate the work.
14-1/8" high x 9-3/4" diameter.