29. M5089



Japanese porcelain celadon lavender glazed model of a crane, kakutei, with its tall raised neck looking up with upright curled tail, covered overall and on the interior with a celadon lavender glaze thinning at the comb, beak and tail tip, the flat foot rim brown.

14 inches, 35.5 cm high.

Kawase Shinobu, 1992.

Wood box, signed and with artist’s seal, Shinobu, on the interior of the cover and the orange cloth.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Included in the 9th solo exhibition at Kandori, The New Otani Hotel, Tokyo, titled Kaku-Tei (The Cranes at the Waterside), 1992; this exhibition appears to be dedicated to crane sculptures, 21 others are illustrated in the catalogue.
  • Formerly in a private collection, Yokahama, Japan.
  • Purchased from Maesaka Seitendo, Tokyo, 2019.

Five cranes of different sizes all dated 1992 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, no. 39, p. 40.