Fukami Suehiro, ‘Seihakuji Guinomi’, 2016, Japan Society Benefit Auction 2016

One of the world's best-known contemporary ceramicists, Sueharu Fukami is renowned for translating classical aesthetics into a thoroughly contemporary idiom. Instantly recognizable from their elongated forms and sensuous, seihakuji (pale blue) glaze finish, his works have become a mainstay of important museum and private collections across the world. This sake cup is an echo, in miniature from, of the artist's larger, cone- and shell-shaped sculptures.