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Each of these vases were found years apart in different cities. Unsigned, they are clearly the work of a skilled 20th century artist, but who could it be? One dealer claimed that they are the work of Satake Kiyoshi, an apprentice of Living National Treasure Munakata Shiko, but I have been unable to confirm that definitively. The mystery deepened recently when I found  the same vase featured in a beautiful book of photographs featuring the arrangements of one of the leading contemporary Japanese ikebana artists. What artist would leave such compelling works unsigned?

Price above is for the pair.

Abstract bronze vases

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