Vase with design of a grove of trees

Artist: Taka Akira (Japan, born 1936)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1992
Porcelain with silver leaf under blue glaze, platinum and gold enamels over glaze
H x W x D: 39.7 x 28.3 x 28.3 cm (15 5/8 x 11 1/8 x 11 1/8 in)
Japan, Ishikawa prefecture, Komatsu
Credit Line
Gift of the Japan Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan, porcelain
Provenance research underway.

According to the artist, "My work includes many pieces based on sketches from nature.  I use gold or silver leaf to depict those themes and finish with colors that complement the design.  The extremely complex process requires six firings and takes considerable skill.  I also pay attention to the effect of the gold and platinum enamels.  Finally this process has produced some satisfactory pieces, from which I will now move on to the next level."

Published References
  • America's Smithsonian: Celebrating 150 Years. Washington, 1996. p. 93.
Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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