For sale is a wonderful decorated vase made by The Rookwood Pottery Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. The vase is decorated by one of Rookwood's finest and longstanding decorators from Japan, "Katiro Shirayamadani. The vase has some size to it as it stands 8 1/8" tall and is 4 1/2" in diameter at the shoulder. The bottom foot has a diameter of 3".
The vase displays a tapered shoulder form with a tall neck. The theme of the painting is "Field of Poppies" and it is done in Rookwood's hi gloss glaze known as the "Iris Glaze". You can see several poppies growing out of the ground. There are 5 of these flowers that surround the vase. There are tall ones, short ones and medium ones. They are glazed in a salmon/rose colored glaze growing off of sage green stems and leaves. These are set against an off white background. The shoulder and neck of the vase displays a beautiful mottled purple glaze.The flowers are outlined in a blue and the stems and leaves are also outlined. The entire vase has a high gloss appearance.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. There are some minor glaze imperfections. The piece is signed with Rookwood's impressed reverse "RP" and sunburst logo along with the roman numerals "XXXIII" for the year of manufacture, 1933. There is also the letter "S" underneath, denoting this as a special piece made for an important exhibition. There is no mold number which is quite uncommon with Rookwood vase's. It has a Jeweled Porcelain glaze. There is no crazing to the piece. It is further signed with the artist vertical ink cipher for "Katiro Shirayamadani". He was one of Rookwood's top decorators and was employed there for 61 years from 1887-1948.
The information I read about it being an exhibition piece is from the book written by Denise Rago and Jonathan Clancy and published by Warman's. It is on page 13 top right.
This will make a wonderful addition to any Rookwood special piece pottery collection. It would look just outstanding on that Stickley, mission, arts and crafts style bookcase.
Rookwood Pottery, Tall High Gloss Glaze Vase, Poppies, Katiro Shirayamadani