H287 A square dish by Sakuma Totaro (1900-1976)
Totaro Sakuma was already established as a potter in Mashiko when Hamada arrived. Sakuma befriended the young Hamada and allowed him to use his kiln. Eventually, as Hamada’s reputation became widely known he began to overshadow his friend but through Hamada Sakuma also became well known and was one of the best of the Mashiko potters.
Here is a fascinating and insightful article by the Japanese ceramics authority Robert Yellin http://www.e-yakimono.net/html/sakuma-totaro-jt.html
Comes with a signed and sealed wooden box. Circa 1945
Four very small and barely noticeable old kintsugi ( gold lacquer ) repairs to minor damage.
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