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Mineo Okabe Sake Cup, Yohen Beishokuj type

h5.8×w8.2cm 1977 with a signed box (allograph by Tatsuko)

Mineo Okabe  Sake cup, Yohen Beishokuji type

Mineo's Yohen Beishokuji was firstly completed in 1970. His enthusiastic study in glaze had been continued until he had a sudden occurence of a disease in 1978. The form had been rifined by adopting Chinese style from Southern Song Dynasty.  
This piece was made in 1977, which is his most matured year of Yohen Beishokuji. Its profound tone of the color is promoted by the reformed Tenmoku shape. You would feel being drawn into the cup. 
This piece is with the box signed by his wife, Tatsuko. Mineo asked her to write sign on his behalf after 1978 as he could not handle a brush any more since then.

Okabe Mineo
1919 Born in Seto, Aichi prefecture.
1937 Graduated from Seto Ceramic High School.
1938 Entered into Tokyo University of Science. 
1940 Dropped out from the university. Entered into the army of inner Mongolia. 
1947 Demobilization from the army. Settled in Hiradobashi, Aichi. (current Toyota city)
1949 Independently began ceramics in Hiradobashi. Married to Tatsuko.
1955 Received the award of the Japanese Ceramics Society at the first time.
1963 Started focusing on researching celadon. Moved to Nisshin, Aichi.
1965 Succeeded in producing 'Funseiji' (粉青瓷) Powdery Celadon. Received Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon.
1969 Dedication of a set of Celadon vases to Umenoma room of Imperial Household Agency
1970 Succeeded in producing Yohen Beishokuji. (窯変米色瓷)
1978 Hospitalization by cerebral hemorrhage. Changed his sir name from Kato to Okabe.
1989 Exhibition of new works from recovery at Matsuzakaya department store in Nagoya.
1990 Passed away at the age of 70. 
2011 Retrospective exhibition [Destiny] at Ginza Kuroda Touen.

Item Number : #523

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