A four legged bulbous bronze vase by Tsuda Shinobu enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated November of Showa 10 (1935). It is 12-1/2 inches (32 cm) tall, 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Tsuda Shinobu (1875-1946) was born in Chiba prefecture on the Kanto plain, and graduated the metal crafts department of The University of Fine Arts in Tokyo under Okazaki Sessei in 1900. Working at his almamamater as an assistant professor, he was first exhibited in 1907 at the Tokyo ndustrial Exposition (hakurankai), and gained a great reputation as an innovative designer. He was granted tenure at the Tokyo University of Art in 1919. He would exhibit with the Bunten and Teiten National Exhibitions. By 1925 his reputation had garnered him a position to serve as a judge at the Paris Expo, and he spent time in Europe at the behest of the Japanese government studying techniques and design.