The size of Vase: 1” High x 8 1/16” High. This is beautiful Japanese Seiji Porcelain Vase made by Seiji master artist Kato Keizan 2nd (1913-1995). The vase has unusual shape design on top which is Tsuba shape. It has carved works of Zuicho (phoenix bird) design, also sometime called Ho-O bird. It came with sliding door type Tomobako. The outside cover has Japanese writing, “ Kinuta Seiji Zuicho Chokoku, Hanaike” ( kinuta celadon phoenix bird design carved flower vase) with chop seal of Keizan. Kinuta Seiji is the celadon from Southern Sung Dynasty style Celadon glaze. Inside sliding door has “Keizan Saku(made)” (signature of Keizan with chop seal of Kyoshinan). Kyoshinan was the Keizan’s studio name. It has carved Keizan signature on the bottom. The condition of vase is excellent, no chip, no crack and no hairline. The depth of carved area in 1 mm to 2mm deep. Wonderful Seiji vase. Dating of vase from 1950-1960’s.
Kato Keizan II (1913-1995)
He was born as eldest son of Kato Keizan 1st (1879-1962). After he graduated from Kyoto industrial school, he has studied the glazing, forming of basic techniques at Kyoto National Pottery Laboratory. From, 1931, he helped his father and studied under 1st Keizan. The same year, he became the member of Shinko Kougeikai which was sponsered by 5th Kiyomizu Rokubei. He also studied under 5th Rokubei. He has been accepted his works at Teiten(Imperial art exhibition) and Kyoto Prefecture Exhibition. In 1940, he has received the
certificate from Kyoto commerce department as the preserver of technique and was received high reputation. After the war, in 1955, he became Kyoto Ceramic Artist Association member. His works and reputation were established in Kyoto
Ceramic world. After his father Keizen 1st passed away in 1963, he has
became second Kato Keizan II and he moved his kiln to O-Yamazaki.
He developed his own technique the recreation of Chinese Sung Seiji by
using his fundamental technique learned from his father. As the feature
works by Keizan II are Tenryuji Seiji, Tobi Seiji(spotted Seiji), Ivory
white porcelain, purple Seiji, the development of those types work. He also
left many of other works added by Flower Petal works as well as using dragon design.