Japanese porcelain pale celadon glazed pinched ‘lotus’ flower-shaped beaker vase, with tall slender body, gently splayed foot and wide pinched flower rim, covered overall on the base and interior in an even pale celadon glaze thinning at the rim and edge of the foot rim, the flat foot unglazed revealing the biscuit body.
13 inches, 33.1 cm high.
Kawase Shinobu, 1985.
Wood box, described as ‘celadon flower vase’, signed and with artist’s seal, Shinobu, on the interior of the cover and the orange cloth.
Provenance & Additional Information
- Exhibited at Kandori Gallery, Tokyo.
- From an important private Tokyo collection.
- Sold at the Tokyo Art Club Auction, January 2021.
- Perhaps the prototype for this form was made by Kawase for the 4th solo exhibition at Kandori, The New Otani Hotel, Tokyo, 1983, no. 8.
- This famous form which Kawase has returned to on many occasions has examples in several exhibitions including the 14th solo exhibition at Kandori, The New Otani Hotel, Tokyo, titled Mimi-tama (Listen to the Precious), 2003, no. 13; the solo exhibition of Ginjo no Utuwa (Utensils on Precious Tray) at the Ginza Kurodatohen, Ginza, Tokyo, 2009, no. 26; three others, one from 1988 and one from 2004, were included by the Musée Tomo, The Kanjitsu Kikuchi Memorial Tomo Museum of Art, Tokyo, in their retrospective exhibition of Beyond Tradition – Seeking His Serene Blue: Celadon Works by Kawase Shinobu, 2011, illustrated in the catalogue, nos. 29 & 52, pp. 32/3; three others were included by Joan B Mirviss Ltd. in the Kawase Shinobu exhibition, The Blossoming of Celadon, Seiji no Kaika, 2014 and illustrated in the brochure; five others were included in the 9th solo exhibition at Kochukyo, Tokyo, titled Rimka – Rimpa (Lotus Flower, Lotus Leaf), 2015 and illustrated in the brochure; two others dated 1988 and 2014 were included by the Musée Tomo, The Kanjitsu Kikuchi Memorial Tomo Museum of Art, Tokyo, in Fifty Years in Making Celadon, The Special Retrospective Exhibition of Kawase Shinobu, 2018, illustrated in the catalogue, no. 33, p. 45 & no. 52, p. 62; another example circa 1990, from Rice Foundation Fund, Bertha E. Brown Endowment, is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, reference no. 2000.93.
This form is considered to be one of the most desirable forms in Kawase Shinobu’s pantheon of ceramic manufacture and is inspired by the lotus flower.