22. YI6



Japanese porcelain celadon lavender glazed wine jar and cover, shukaiko, of guan form with vertical ribbed body and six-petalled stylised lotus leaf cover, covered overall on the base, interior and underside of the cover in a celadon lavender Ru-type glaze thinning at the ribs, the rim, foot rim and underside cover rim brown.

8 1/8 inches, 20.6 cm diameter; 7 inches, 17.8 cm high.

Kawase Shinobu, 1989.

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

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the collection of the Late Mrs. Tomo Kikuchi (1923-2016), the founder of the Tomo Kikuchi Memorial, Tomo Museum of Art, Tokyo.
  • The Kikuchi Art Foundation.
  • Kochukyo, Tokyo (by repute).
  • Acquired at the Tokyo Art Club Auction, 2019.
  • A similar wine jar and cover dated 1989 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. 36, p. 48; and another dated 2001 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. 46, p. 43.
  • A similar jar and cover dated 1998 was included by Joan B Mirviss Ltd. in the Kawase Shinobu exhibition, The Serene Beauty of Celadon / Seijaku no bi, 2005, and is illustrated in the brochure.
  • This form is inspired by celadon glazed wares of the Yuan dynasty manufactured in Longquan, Zhejiang Province. A related ribbed guan and lotus leaf cover dated early to mid-14th century is included by Regina Krahl and John Ayers in Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, A Complete Catalogue I, Yuan and Ming dynasty Celadon Wares, colour plate no. 213, p. 215, where the authors also illustrate another without the cover, no. 212, p. 292, and note, “Similar jars, often complete with lotus-leaf-shaped lids have come to light in various countries: among the cargo of a ship wrecked off Sinan, Korea about the 3rd decade of the 14th century, exhibited Seoul, 1977”; another without a cover from the collection of Mr. Yeo Seng Teck in the University of Singapore is illustrated in Chinese Celadons and Other Related Wares in Southeast Asia, Southeast Asia Ceramic Society, Singapore, no. 148, pp. 118/9.
  • The three words, shukaiko, literally refer to ‘wine, meeting or gathering and jar or vase’.