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Hirohisa Shimizu and an old Japanese Potu

Hirohisa Shimizu and an old Japanese Pot by Sui-Seki

This is a very unusual design for a stand with the curved legs running around the stand.  Made from rosewood with an incredible clean finish showing lots of depth due to the number of coatings of finishing material that we assume to be varnish or shellac of some sort.

The pot is a rather old Japanese pot but not from a famous maker – therefore translate that to affordable.  There aren’t many pots in the size range, or frankly any, that use this double layered approach thus creating the secondary wall utilizing cutouts to form a pattern on all four sides of the pot.

We love to find pots that at one point in their lives were “white” but now display an aged patina look illustrated in this photo as an almost “dirty” finish.  Pots like this are getting harder to find and especially so when they are barely 8cm in width.

So let’s take a few more looks at this stand.

Hirohisa Shimizu

Hirohisa Shimizu (14.5 x 2.8cm)

The first thing we liked about this stand is that it is square. Square stands are simply not easy to find.  At first the decoration of the feet can make you back up and question if it is too heavy or not.  What we like about it, see the stand with the pot, is that the two center decorations seem to lift up and support the white pot.  Also, the thickness of the supports – being thin – don’t add too much weight to the feel of the stand itself.

Hirohisa Shimizu

Hirohisa Shimizu

Can you image attempting to carve the rosewood on this stand to perfectly match the feet in all four directions.  He is a true carving artist in our opinion.

Hirohisa Shimizu - Flowers inlaid in Copper

Hirohisa Shimizu - Flowers inlaid in Copper

One of the most attractive features of this stand are the three flowers inlaid in the top. Each flower is made from copper and add just another touch of delicateness to the stand.

Hirohisa Shimizu

Hirohisa Shimizu

As with all of his stands, they are shipped in a kiri-wood box for protection.  This must be his design because we are not use to seeing this horizontal border underneath the lip and attached to the door of the box.

Part III tomorrow.

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