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This simple and elegant green porcelain vase was made by a student of Kiyomizu Rokubei (VI) who was well-known for creating fine porcelain pieces modeled on ancient Chinese forms.
Kato Keizan I (1886-1963) was born in Tajimi, Gifu prefecture but later moved to Kyoto and opened a kiln in Gojozaka in 1912. He specialized in Longquan style celadon ceramics—often referred to as "tenryuji seiji”—and the bulk of Keizan's work closely approximated the style of the Chinese Yuan to Ming style ware. Works by this artist are held in the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto among others.
This piece is 4 inches on each side (10cm) and stands 10.5 inches tall (27cm). It comes with an original tomobako with the artist’s signature and seal and the base of the piece bears the artist’s signature engraved in the clay. Inscribed on the inside of the lid are the words ‘Heian Keizan Saku’ (made by Keizan in Kyoto). On the front are the characters ’kinuta-seiji’ (celadon porcelain originating from the Song Dynasty) and below that ‘ka-bin’ (flower vase).