The size of Vase: 10 1/8" Dia x 9 7/16" High. This is very rare and classy, subtle, attractive Japanese Rokan-Ji Vase with Karakusa design carved. It is made by Seifu Yohei IV(1871-1951). Rokan-Ji, is Porcelain with Rokan Yu, Beautiful Imperial Chinese green jade color glaze. The vase is more like round shape. It has very nicely carved design of Karakusa (grass and flowers design) with Rokan Yu(glaze). You can see the contrasted design in our last photo at additional photo site. The vase came with Kiri Tomobako as well as Tomonuno with chop seal of Seifu. The cover of Tomobako has Japanese writing, " Rokan-Ji, Karakusa Hori" (Rokan Porcelain, Karakusa carved) with Chop seal of Seifu Yohei. Inside cover has signature of "Seifu zo" by Seifu Yohei IV with seal of Seizan.Tomonuno has the seal of Seifu(gourd design). There is inscription signature of Seifu IV on the bottom of Vase. The condition of vase is excellent, no chip, no crack and no hairline. Also the Rokan glaze are evenly done on surface of vase. It is very subtle but very classy looking vase. Please note, There is spots on vase showing whitish area which are from lighting as well as carmera, and the hand of my friend reflection showing on the vase surface. Dating from after Seifu Yohei III passed away, 1914. It is around 1930-1940's before the war.
Seifu Yohei IV (Seizan: 1871-1951) The second son of Seifu 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.