Exceptional stoneware vase that was subtly and expertly faceted, glazed in a rich nuka style glaze and decorated in Tale of Genji inspired partridges in platinum lustre. The presence and volume of the pot are hard to put in to perspective with the dimensions, 12" x 8.5" and a guinomi has been placed in the last photo to give a sense of the scale. Rich in concept and execution, this vase is an exemplary example of Showa era pottery made sometime around 1980.
This important vase, exhibited in both Japan and the US is by Kyoto native, Kiyomizu pottery specialist, Kawai Tadashi (1926-2002). Tadashi was the son of a print artist, turned potter (Kawai Unosuke) and has left behind an impressive and diverse body of work and exhibitions. His work has been published and exhibited in Japan and the US and reflects the Kyoto-Kiyomizu taste in the lyrical way in which this pot was decorated.
The vase, in excellent condition comes complete with its original signed box, custom fit cloth bag and the original price tag from a prominent South-Western gallery where the piece was last exhibited and sold for $22,000.