39. M4913



Japanese porcelain celadon lavender glazed ovoid vase with rounded body and short neck, covered overall on the base and interior with an even celadon lavender Ru-type glaze, the rim and unglazed biscuit foot rim revealing the brown body.

7 ½ inches, 19.1 cm high.

Kawase Shinobu, 2002.

Wood box, described as ‘celadon jar’, signed and with artist’s seal, Shinobu, on the interior of the cover and the orange cloth, with the seal, mon-koh-sei-sei-ari.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Included in the 4th solo exhibition at Kochukyo, Tokyo, titled Mon-Koh-Sei-Sei-Ari, 2002; two other similar examples are illustrated in the catalogue, nos. 3 & 4.
  • Another also dated 2002, described as monkoseiseiari, 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. 47, p. 44.
  • A similar example made in 2001 is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of Mrs. Roger G. Gerry, 2005, accession no. 2005.218.

The expression, mon-koh-sei-sei-ari, is taken from ancient Chinese poetry and is a term used by Kawase Shinobu in reference to him creating something precious that once fired has a sound if you tap it and a clear voice that exists naturally from the clay.