40. M5086



Japanese porcelain large celadon lavender glazed melon-form vase, the naturalistic five-lobed body with everted foot and short lipped brown rim, covered overall in an even celadon lavender Ru-type glaze, the brown foot rim revealing the body.

10 inches, 25.3 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.
  • Purchased from Gallery Soubian, Kyoto, 2019.
  • 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.
  • 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.