The size of Vase:6 11/16” High x 3 3/4” Dia. The vase is made of Seiji, Celadon with relief work of Botan, Peony in the shape of gourd. Upperpart of Vase with two symbol of Buddhism, one is Manji, other symbol not know. It is made by Seifu Yohei IV. It came with high quality double wooden box, one with lacquered box, other box is Tomobako as well as Tomonuno with Seifu sealed. The cover top Tomobako has Japanese writing, “Mo Konoike-ke Denrai” (reproduced from Kounoike family handed down piece), “Kinuta Seiji”(Kinuta Celadon). Kinuta Seiji is Celadon glazing popular in Southern Sung dynasty because of fine quality celadon glaze. “Hanaire” (flower vase), “Uki Botan Hyotan Gata” (raised peony gourd shape). The back side of Cover has Japanese writing, “Seifu zo, Kore” (seifu made this). The condition of vase excellent, no chip, no crack no hairline. Please note, there is a couple brown iron spots as photo showing. There is inscription signature of Seifu IV on the bottom. Also the Kanji letter on the bottom is “Gaku” ( Gaku is outer pedal which protect flower). This case Gaku is word from buddhissm along two symbols upper gourd. Dating the vase from 1930’s.
Seifū Yohei IV (Seizan: 1871-1951) The second son of Seifū Yohei III (1851-1914) who was the member of Teishitsu Gigeiin(Imperial Household Artist member). He studied literati-style painting under Tanomura Shōsai (1845-1909), a son of Tanomura Chokunyū, in Osaka for three years. In 1914, he succeeded to the head of the family and produced works mostly in his father’s style. He won a number of prizes including the Golden Prize at the Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco in 1916 and the exhibitions of the Japan Art Association in 1916 and 1918. He produced several works for members of the Imperial family. His works has been collected by many world wide collectos since Seifu III are in British Museum as well as Tokyo National Museum and around the world. Recent trend is also toward to Seifu Yohei IV in same manner.
Konoike family is wealthy family in Osaka. One of Osaka’s largest most influential merchant house during the Edo period as well as into Meiji Period. Original this vase was handed down the generation to generation. Their family land now are used by Osaka Bijutsu Club. There is still Tearoom as well as some of their large house are existing and preserved today.