Kato Sho (1927-2001) was a major Seto
potter, who received many awards during his lifetime, including being made an
Intangible Cultural Property of Aichi Prefecture (the next level down from
National Living Treasure) in 2000.
This bowl has an incised decoration of butterflies, which are seen on several
examples of his work. This incised work is highlighted in gold. The signed
wooden box does have a little staining that can be seen in the image above
but I donít believe that this detracts from the overall significance of the