The size of Vase: 10 1/4” High x 10 3/4” Dia. (275 mm x 260 mm). This is wonderful and rare Japanese Porcelain Vase with Yokoku (relief, raised carved design of Koi, Carps) design with water grass design in blue underglaze. One large carp at front of vase. Two carps on the other side. It is made by Seifu Yohei IV (4 th, 1871-1951) the son of Seifu Yohei III who was the member of Imperial Household Artist in Meiji. The color of glazing is more like Sky Blue or Moon lighting blue glazing. Also, please refer similar pieces made. by Seifu Yohei III in the page 52 and page 63 of Mr. Seki’s Seifu Book. It was very hard to take the photo of relief work, but actual piece is much finer than photographed vase in person. The vase does came with Kiriwood box. However, it does not have the cover and wooden base. It is guarantee the vase was made by Seifu Yohei IV (4 th). The condition of vase is excellent, no chip, no crack and no hairline. There are some unglazed spots or glazing repelled spots on the vase top rim as our photo showing. The inscribed signature of Seifu, (Seifu Yohei IV) on the bottom center. This vase by Seifu Yohei IV is great works as the vase made by Seifu Yohei III. The vase was made in late Taisho to early Showa, 1920-1930's. Please note last photo on additional photos #2 is showing the photo in contrasted and it is only showing the detail purpose and not actual color of Carp. It is very rare to find this fine work porcelain vase.
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.