Jihei Murase III
Lacquer tray, Negoro style
Diameter: 24 cm. (9 ½ in.), Height: 5.5 cm. (2 ¼ in.)
£3,000 plus VAT
PROVENANCE: The Artist
FURTHER INFORMATION: The lacquered tea ceremony utensils created by Jihei Murase III do not merely conform to traditional styles, but also possess a contemporary feel of their own. The Negoro style was named as such for the 12th century temple Negoro-ji in the Wakayama Prefecture. The beautiful forms that result from Murase's complete mastery of the lathe and the warmth that derives from numerous coats of natural urushi lacquer, applied to valuable woods, create works that go beyond sculpture or utensils, to become unique, beloved items, whose attraction increases the more they are handled and used.