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Another venture into the roots of modern ceramics with this large Tsubo by Nakajima Kiyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1940. The crackled cram colored glaze is etched through with scrolling vines from which hang wide leaves and bunchesof small flowers. The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) tall and in fine condition. Nakajima Kiyoshi (1907-1986) was born in Kyoto and graduated the Kyoto Ceramics Research Facility in 1923. He was first exhibited nationally at the 1930 Kokuga-Ten Exhibition, and followed that up with the Teiten (Nitten) and Kyoto Bijutsu Ten Exhibitons. He was often prized and helped to found one of the most influential groups in Modern Japanese Ceramics when he brought Yagi Akira and Yamada Hikaru together to form the Seinen Saku Touka Shudan (which would evolve in 1951 into Soudeisha). He fostered a generation of potters as professor at the Kyoto Municipal Yoshigatake School Ceramics Division from 1950.