9. M5082



Japanese porcelain celadon lavender glazed ribbed bottle vase of Ru-type, the rounded body with two bands of ribs on the sloping shoulder beneath bamboo-form ribs on the cylindrical neck and everted rim, all on a splayed foot, covered overall on the base and interior with an even celadon lavender glaze thinning at the ribs and rim, the foot rim brown.

11 inches, 28 cm high.

Kawase Shinobu, 1983.

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

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Included in the 4th solo exhibition at Kandori, The New Otani Hotel, Tokyo, 1983; a related vase is illustrated in the catalogue, no. 6.
  • Another with a slightly upright rim was included in the 1st solo exhibition at Kochukyo, Tokyo, 1985, illustrated in the catalogue, no. 2.
  • The prototype for this vase was produced in the Southern Song dynasty. A similar example of this size also with a celadon lavender crackled glaze, in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, is illustrated by Wang Shih-chieh in Kuan Ware of the Southern Sung Dynasty, Book I (Part 1), pl. 10 & 10a, pp. 50/1; and another of the same period with an incised Qianlong poem on the base is illustrated in the same book, pl. 11 & 11a, pp. 52/3 and front cover; another in the Qing Court Collection and a related Longquan vase of similar size are illustrated by Li Huibing in Porcelain of the Song Dynasty (II), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Beijing, vol. 33, nos. 1 & 103, pp. 2/3 & 115 respectively; another Guan-type vase of the Southern Song dynasty also with a Qianlong poem incised on the base is in the Percival David Foundation at the British Museum and is illustrated by Stacey Pierson with Amy Barnes in A Collector’s Vision: Ceramics for the Qianlong Emperor, no. 16, p. 25.
  • Qing dynasty imperial versions are also known. A Yongzheng related vase with a Ru-type celadon lavender crackled glaze in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, is illustrated by Tong Yihua in The Catalogue of a Special Exhibition of Ch’ing Dynasty Monochrome Porcelains in the National Palace Museum, no. 79, p. 131; and a Yongzheng painting by Lang Shining, Giuseppe Castiglione dated to the 1st year of Yongzheng’s reign, the 15th day of the 9th month (1723), in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, is illustrated by Michel Beurdeley and Guy Raindre in Qing Porcelain, Famille Verte, Famille Rose, 1644-1912, no. 216, p. 154, where it is interesting to note that the painting with flowers in a similar shaped vase is Yongzheng and in imitation of the Song period.
  • A Qianlong imperial flambé example now in the Ostasiatische Museum, Köln, was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Qing Mark and Period Monochrome and Two-coloured Wares, 1992, no. 24, pp. 38/9 and back cover; another unmarked turquoise glazed example was included by Marchant in their Recent Acquisitions catalogue, 2003, no. 29, p. 45; and a celadon smaller example was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Qing Porcelain from Three Private Collections, 2019, no. 16, pp. 46/7.