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Kyohei Fujita

Full Bloom Tea Caddy

Artist

Kyohei Fujita
Tokyo 1921 – Chiba, Japan, 2004

Title

Full Bloom Tea Caddy

Date

1988

Materials

Mould-blown glass with gold and platinum foil inclusions

Dimensions

9.5 x 9 cm

Credits

Gift, Anna and Joe Mendel Collection, inv. 2007.178.1-2

Collection

Decorative Arts and Design

Japanese glass artist Kyohei Fujita’s work is at once strikingly contemporary and firmly rooted in the Japanese decorative arts tradition. His complex and meticulous surface decorations echo the abstract floral motifs that characterized the popular Rimpa aesthetic that developed in Japan under painter Ogata Kōrin (1658-1716) during the seventeenth century. Rimpa art embraced bold, stylized renderings of natural motifs, primarily exuberant clusters of flowers and leaves, and the luxurious use of precious mineral and metallic pigments. A late twentieth century evocation of Rimpa’s colourful pictorial style, this tea caddy clearly reflects the lasting impact of traditional Japanese aesthetics, while the expressive and spontaneous freedom of the colourful surface decoration demonstrates an unmistakably contemporary experiment in abstraction.

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