Famous Kawamoto Goro 川本五郎 Japanese Vintage Seto ash white glaze pottery vase. Kawamoto Goro. It is about 60-70 years old. A handmade vase is formed of Seto pottery into a vase with a crane-neck and a bulbous bottom half. It is thickly hand covered with Seto ash white glaze in a most unusual fashion. It is made in wabi-sabi fashion. The lighting has changed the color in some pictures so may not be the true color. It is incised on the bottom with the mark of the artist. It comes with the original tomobako or box made especially for the vase and signed by the artist and is a very nice sturdy one in good shape. Other marks exist on the box and we will need to get some assistance with what all the marks say. Thanks to Robert Yellin's great writing see the artist history below from his eyakimono site the link to which can be found under our 'Favorites' links on our homepage.
It is in excellent condition no cracks or chips, the area on the rim of the lip that looks like a chip was made at the time of firing. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We have noticed smells from items received recently, again please let us know if you have any questions. This one has no smells, this is from a well- known and honest, quality antiques dealer's piece.
SIZE: Height 6.25 inches or 15.87 cm, Diameter about 3 inches. Total weight: 747 grams or 1.64 lbs. Vase: 378 grams .83 lbs
Famous Japanese Seto Ware Potter Kawamoto Goro 川本五郎, 1919-1986
The following is written by the well-known gallery owner, art critic and writer, living in Kyoto, Robert Yellin. A few additions have been made with bits of information gathered elsewhere. See links to his three sites in our ‘Favorites’ links on our Homepage.
Kawamoto Goro is written about in a book called ‘'Gendai no Togei no Kishu' or 'Contemporary Ceramic Flag-Bearers, 1982', Part of a Deluxe Set, Kodansha'; along with some of the greatest and most famous potters including Hamada Shoji and Miwa Ryosaku.
Kawamoto Goro was born in Seto in 1919 to a family of well-known potters. He studied prefectural ceramic school before heading off to Kyoto to study under Mizumachi Kazusaburo and Hineno Sakuzo. Returning to the family kiln, his main job was to draw underglaze cobalt blue patterns on 1000s of pots. In 1950 he was adopted by blue and white master Kawamoto Rekitei. He then formed a new group seeing the 'new horizons' for clay with Okabe Mineo and Kato Motoo. Kawamoto was a defiant potter and often shunned conservative Seto. In 1953 he gained first recognition, accepted into the Nitten National Exhibition and garnering top prize at the Asahi Modern Ceramics Exhibition. In 1958 he would be awarded in Brussels, and in 1959 in California and at home was granted the 1959 JCS award winner. Much lauded the list is much too long for this article. , work by him is held in the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art as well as the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo among many others. In 1986 he received The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette.His influence remains today and his lists of awards and exhibitions are too long to list here, yet his work is in the national museum here and he was awarded the Japan Ceramic Society Prize in 1960. His brush work is highly original and he's known for his 'dancing demons' as seen on this four-sided vase. Each panel has three demons holding fire sticks that flame up over the shoulder in natural wisps.
More information can be found about Kawamoto Goro and his father, in many many books about Japanese ceramics, including the free online google books written beginning just after the turn of and all through the 20th century- and tons of google hits in the U.S. alone on his name in addition to the books, previous exhibitions and museum holdings. One of my favorites is ‘A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance’ By Andy Couturier which begins, ‘Somehow Kawamoto's pottery had a different sense than other contemporary stuff.’
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