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Black and White Mist Tall Box: C.11 & A-2008

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Black and White Mist Tall Box


Potter: Kondo, Takahiro




Porcelain with gintekisai (silver mist) over-glaze and a black cast glass lid (A)

Porcelain decorated with gintekisai (silver mist) over-glaze and a black cast glass lid (A). Tall hexagonal box with straight sides and flat shoulder pierced in the centre by a lozenge-shaped hole. The shallow hexagonal cover has a lozenge-shaped projection in the centre of the underside which fits into the hole. The sides of the box are decorated with elongated silver-grey triangles alternating with wider white triangles crossed by black lines and scattered with silver globules. The interior is black.


History note: Adrian Sassoon, 14 Rutland Gate, London, SW7 1BB from whom purchased by the donors

Legal notes

Gift of Nicholas and Judith Goodison through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 47.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kyoto ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2008-06-09) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


21st Century, Early
Production date: AD 2007


Described as a box by the maker, but might also be described as a container or covered hexagonal jar

Text from object entry in A. Game (2016) ‘Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum’. London: Philip Wilson Publishers: Takahiro Kondo is the third generation of his family to work with porcelain. He works from a studio in Kyoto, which belonged to his grandfather, Yuzo Kondo (1902–85), who was designated as a ‘Living National Treasure’ for the mastery of his art. Initially, Takahiro decided on a different career and became a Japanese table tennis champion, followed by a literature degree at Hosei University. However, the family tradition prevailed and in 1985 he graduated from the Kyoto Ceramic Technical Institute. In 1992, The Fitzwilliam Museum hosted an exhibition of the three generations of the Kondo family that introduced his work to a European audience. A solo show at National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh in 1993, in which Kondo showed a group of bold slabbed porcelain vessels with dynamic abstract markings, technically but not aesthetically indebted to the sometsuke (blue-and white) tradition, began a long-standing connection with Scotland. This culminated in a Masters degree in Design and Applied Art in 2003 at Edinburgh College of Art, where he made a particular study of glass techniques, seen here in this lidded form. He has exhibited and is collected internationally.

School or Style

Studio Ceramics

Components of the work

Lid composed of glass ( black)
Box composed of porcelain
Box To Shoulder Height 44.5 cm
Cover Height 4 cm
Cover Across Points Width 11.5 cm
Base Across Points Width 14.1 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Tako (vertically in Japanese characters) over Kondo
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Signature

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.11 & A-2008
Primary reference Number: 162432
Entry form number: 992
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 15 December 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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