A Brush Pot

Artist: Hamada Shoji (1894-1978)
Stoneware, a tenmoku glaze with running nuka glaze to the lip, the gently waisted body decorated with close incised spiral rings, together with wooden box signed by Hamada and marked with Mongama seal
Height: 13.5 cm
Width: 10 cm
Price: £1,000

A simple but elegant and pleasing pot by Hamada which cries out to be used, either with some spring flowers gathered on a walk or a handful of pencils or brushes on one's desk. The running nuka glaze is nicely alive and adds light to the piece. 

This was a commonly used form by Hamada and examples exist in several of the glazes which we associate with him. The seal on the box suggests that it was probably made as part of a large group of pieces in this form, some of which would be made and simply decorated by the workshop and some of which would be by the master himself. That the latter is the case here is indicated by his signature on the box lid. 

A Brush Pot
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