41. M5083



Japanese porcelain celadon lavender glazed fluted tea bowl, chawan, with pressed side, covered overall on the base and interior with an even pale celadon lavender Ru-type glaze thinning at the ribs, the foot and rim brown.

5 ½ inches, 14 cm across; 3 1/8 inches, 7.9 cm high.

Kawase Shinobu, 2002.

Wood box, described as ‘celadon tea bowl’, signed and with artist’s seal, Shinobu, on the interior of the cover and the white silk 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, pl. 1, illustrated on a double-page on the inside of the cover and again no. 5.
  • Purchased at Ichiyo-kai Auction, Tokyo Arts Club, 2019.
  • This form of tea bowl is meant to be held in two hands and the shape lends itself to be cupped.
  • A similar example 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. 60, p. 71.
  • 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.