Description

Japanese porcelain celadon glazed pinched ‘lotus’ flower bowl deeply potted with gently everted rim, covered overall on the base and interior with an even pale celadon glaze thinning at the rim, all on a short white biscuit foot rim.

11 1/8 inches, 28.3 cm diameter.

Kawase Shinobu, 1988.

Wood box, described as ‘celadon bowl’, signed and with artist’s seal, Shinobu, on the interior of the cover and the orange cloth.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Included in the 6th solo exhibition at Kandori, The New Otani Hotel, Tokyo, titled Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow – Shapes for Tea Bowls, 1988.
  • Purchased at the Shiyu-kai auction, Tokyo Art Dealers Club, February 2019.
  • A similar bowl dated 1984 is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, accession no. FE.42-1985; and another is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, gift of Elinor and William R. Appleby, 2004, accession no. 2004.385.
  • One of the earliest recorded two-petal pinched flower bowls was included in the 4th solo exhibition at Kandori, The New Otani Hotel, Tokyo, 1983, illustrated in the catalogue, no. 7.
  • Four related two-petal pinched flower shallow bowls were included in the additional 3rd solo exhibition at Kochukyo, Tokyo, titled Ju-Kei (Ten Scenery), 1998, illustrated in the brochure, nos. G-7 to G-10.
  • A similar deep bowl dated 1988 was 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. 35, p. 47; another also dated 1988 was 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, no. 28, p. 31; another similar deeper bowl dated 1998, gift of Carol and Seymour Haber in 2011, is in the Portland Art Museum, collection no. 2011.92.3.
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