The size of Vase: 11 3/4" High x 5 5/16" Dia. This is very rare and striking Japanese Porcelain Vase by Seifu Yohei III (1851-1914)with Design of Dragon, fire ball (top area) as well as the clouds around the vase done in relief/carved design with Shinshayu (under glaze, Copper Red Glaze). Shinshayu is very difficult one to handle and using on the vase. It all four elements, balance of mixing glaze powder, thickness of glazing, materials of vase, and temperature of processing in kiln, has to be perfect in order to create beautiful colors. The material of vase is by Porcelain and not by earthen ware. The design of one dragon wrapping around the vase in inscription/carved works done with glaze of Shinshayu (Copper Red Glaze) which is very rare works. Last photo showing where the head of Dragon as well as the tail of dragon showing. According to the book of Seifu Yohei has only 4 works of example done and listed in the book. Actual works of the vase is much better than our photo showing. It came with Kiriwood Tomobako. The cover of Tomobako has Japanese Kanji writing, "Shinshayu, Ryu Koku" (copper red glaze with Dragon design carved). "Kabin, Senko Saku" (flower vase made by my late father ). Inside Tomobako cover has Japanese writing " Yondai Seifu Shiki" (examined and certified by Seifu 4 th). The condition of Vase excellent, no chip, no crack and no hairline except some Jikan hairline). Jikan is hairline inside glazing which were caused when temperature of inside kiln and outside temperature differentiate at the time of taking out the item from still warm kiln into cold air. All hairlines are inner glaze and not forced hairlines. It does not catch the finger nails.Jikan is not consider damage(kizu). Dating of Vase before 1914. Please note Jikan is all around the vase. Glazing are done inside bottom as well.
Seifu Yohei III (1850-1914. Kiei 3rd to Taisho 13 th)
He was born in the name of Okada family of Harima no Kuni (today's Hyogo Pref.) in Japan. When he was young man he wanted to became as the painter so he became the student of Tanomura Chokunyu (1814-1907) in Osaka and studied Japanese painting and Nanga painting but he gave up as the painter because of his illness. Later he became the student of Seifu Yohei II and he changed his work to pottery work field instead of painter. At the begining, he used the name as "Seizan"(writing in Japanese as Kiyoi-Yama.) later he married to younger sister of Seifu Yohei II and he changed his name to Seifu as Muko-yoshi (name changed to wife family name). In 1878 after Seifu II passed away, he succeeded as Seifu Yohei III. He studied and researched many of the techniques from Chinese works as well as Japanese traditional works. Seifu III created his own glazing and techniques which including carved design under glazing by using many his own developed techniques. He has express and developed the beauty and elegance of modern Japanese style porcelain works nobody did before. In 1893, Meiji 26th, he became the first member of Teishitsu Gigeiin (Imperial Household Artist) in Pottery category. He was a head of Kyoto Toji Kumiai (Pottery Union). He received Medal of Green Ribbon from Japanese Government. His works are in the collection of Japanese Imperial Place, as well as many Japanese major National Museum as well as has been sought and collected by worldwide major Museums, and Collectors. Also auctioned at world major auction houses, including Christies, Sotheby's, Bonham and many others.