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Flower vase (kabin)

Flower vase (kabin)

Kyôto
20th century
Sandstone
H : 38.5 cm ; L : 23 cm
M.C.8752

Rokubei VI took the name and tradition of his family line in 1945, succeeding his father, Kiyomizu Rokubei V, known as Rokuwa (1874-1959).

This vessel was loaned by the artist for the exhibit held at the Cernuschi Museum, then the Vallauris Museum in 1950. In the catalogue, Rokubei VI is classified under the section “Ceramists of the official school”, after Itaya Hazan, considered the “Dean of ceramists of the official school”, and Kiyomizu Rokuwa. The text lists the many distinctions and awards the artist has received: “Student of the Kyôto School of Painting. Exhibited at the national salon [Nitten] since 1927. Two grand prizes. Jury member. Member of the ‘Kyōto ceramists’ club’ [...]”. It adds that the technique used to create this vessel is “a tradition of the Rokubei family”. Influences from the Mingei school, whose most famous representatives were Hamada Shōji (1894-1978) and the Englishman Bernard Leach (1887-1979), are perceptible, even if Hamada Shōji is considered to be in a different category, under the “movement to renew popular art”, between Kawai Kanjirō (1890-1966) and Funaki Michitada (1900-1963).

In 1961, Rokubei VI participated in the “Exposition of works by contemporary ceramists of Kyōto at the National Factory of Sèvres”. The catalogue notes introduce him as follows: “He carries on the tradition of ceramics in Kyōto and works to modernise it. He has created many works in coloured varnish (green, yellow and blue) and today creates ceramics with original meaning”.

Auteur de la notice : Michel Maucuer
Collection : Japanese decorative arts
Mode d'acquisition : Donation of the artist, 1953
  • Vase (kabin)

Vase (kabin)
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