Kitamura Junko grew up in a historical part of Kyoto and was a student of two of Japan’s most prominent modern artists: Suzuki Osamu and Kondo Yutaka. Kitamura uses a sharpened bamboo stick to impress delicate geometric designs into the body of vessels like this one. She covers the piece with a dark slip (liquid clay) before the initial firing, after which she applies white slip to each indentation.
"Portrait of princess Marthe Lucile Bibesco" Giovanni Boldini (31 December 1842 – 11 July 1931) was an Italian genre and portrait painter, belonging to the School Of Paris. According to a 1933 article in Time magazine, he was known as the "Master of Swish" because of his flowing style of painting.