Takamura Toyochika, Vase
This sleek and timeless vase is characterized by the play of colors of the patina ranging from red-brown to green, which evokes the oxidized surface of ancient Chinese bronzes. On the upper part of the body composed of two hemispherical shells and underlined by a joint, four flower buds in relief stand out. These plant elements represent the only decoration of this room of sober and austere elegance.
Born in Tōkyō in 1890, Takamura Toyochika was the third son of the famous sculptor Takamura Kōun (1852-1934), a reformer of Japanese sculpture at the dawn of the modern era.
After graduating from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1915, Toyochika joined the Green Vase Bronze Society (Seikokai) and took part in the creation of innovative movements in the field of bronze work. Elevated to the rank of "Living National Treasure" in 1964, it is particularly known for its participation in the Art Deco movement in Japan.
Takamura Toyochika (1890-1972)
Showa era (1926-1989), 1950
H.20,5 cm; D.32cm
Gift of the Society of Friends of the Cernuschi Museum, 2013
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