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Kawase Shinobu: Mastery of Celadon

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Enji teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

4 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.

Inv# 12138

SOLD

Kakuji chawan (fire-red celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 3/8 x 4 1/2 in.

Inv# 12110

SOLD

Seiji (blue celadon) bachi (bowl)

2010

Porcelain

3 7/8 x 9 3/4 in.

Inv# 12042

SOLD

Enji teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

4 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.

Inv# 12137

SOLD

Ranji kōro (Indigo celadon incense burner)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 1/4 x 3 3/4 in.

Inv# 12111

SOLD

Suiji chawan (kingfisher celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 3/4 x 5 in.

Inv# 12034

SOLD

Enji kōro (lychee-inspired blush celadon incense burner)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 3/4 x 3 1/2 in.

Inv# 12047

SOLD

Seiji (blue celadon) bachi (bowl)

2010

Porcelain

4 1/4 x 10 1/8 in.

Inv# 12045

SOLD

Seiji chawan (blue celadon teabowl)

2020

Porcelain

2 3/4 x 5 1/4 in.

Inv# 12053

SOLD

Suiji kōro (kingfisher celadon incense burner)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.

Inv# 12049

SOLD

Seiji (blue celadon) bachi (bowl)

2010

Porcelain

2 3/4 x 7 3/8 in.

Inv# 12043

SOLD

Ranji chawan (indigo celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.

Inv# 12109

SOLD

Seiji chawan (blue celadon teabowl)

2020

Porcelain

2  7/8 x 4 7/8 in.

Inv# 12052

SOLD

Kakuji kōro (fire-red celadon incense burner) with 'persimmon' base

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 5/8 x 4 5/8 in.

Inv# 12112

SOLD

Hakuseiji chawan (white-blue celadon teabowl)

2020

Porcelain

2 7/8 x 4 7/8 in.

Inv# 12051

SOLD

Enji (lychee-inspired blush celadon) teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 3/4 x 4 7/8 in.

Inv# 12027

SOLD

Seiji (blue celadon) bachi (bowl)

2010

Porcelain

2 7/8 x 6 5/8 in.

Inv# 12044

SOLD

Kakuji chawan (fire-red celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 5/8 x 5 3/8 in.

Inv# 12038

SOLD

Suiji chawan (kingfisher celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 3/8 x 4 7/8 in.

Inv# 12035

SOLD

Enji (lychee-inspired blush celadon) teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 7/8 x 4 7/8 in.

Inv# 12028

SOLD

Kakuji chawan (fire-red celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 x 4 5/8 in.

Inv# 12039

SOLD

Seiji tsubo (blue celadon vessel) with cover

2020

Porcelain

7 1/4 x 11 3/8 in.

Inv# 12054

SOLD

Enji (lychee-inspired blush celadon) teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.

Inv# 12029

SOLD

Ranji chawan (indigo celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 5/8 x 4 5/8 in.

Inv# 12037

SOLD

Suiji chawan (kingfisher celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 7/8 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.

Inv# 12033

SOLD

Kakuji chawan (fire-red celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 1/8 x 4 3/4 in.

Inv# 12040

SOLD

Enji (lychee-inspired blush celadon) teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 3/4 x 5  in.

Inv# 12026

SOLD

Kakuji chawan (fire-red celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 1/4 x 5 5/8 in.

Inv# 12041

SOLD

Ranji chawan (indigo celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.

Inv# 12036

SOLD

Enji (lychee-inspired blush celadon) teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 7/8 x 4 3/4 in.

Inv# 12030

SOLD

Suiji kōro (kingfisher celadon incense burner)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

4 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.

Inv# 12048

SOLD

Enji (lychee-inspired blush celadon) teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 x 5 in.

Inv# 12031

SOLD

Enji kōro (lychee-inspired blush celadon incense burner) with 'persimmon' base

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.

Inv# 12046

SOLD

Kakuji kōro (fire-red celadon incense burner) with 'persimmon' base

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 7/8 x 4 3/8 in.

Inv# 12050

SOLD

Enji (lychee-inspired blush celadon) teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 x 4 7/8 in.

Inv# 12032

SOLD

Enji teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

4 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.

Inv# 12138

SOLD

Kakuji chawan (fire-red celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 3/8 x 4 1/2 in.

Inv# 12110

SOLD

Seiji (blue celadon) bachi (bowl)

2010

Porcelain

3 7/8 x 9 3/4 in.

Inv# 12042

SOLD

Enji teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

4 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.

Inv# 12137

SOLD

Ranji kōro (Indigo celadon incense burner)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 1/4 x 3 3/4 in.

Inv# 12111

SOLD

Suiji chawan (kingfisher celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 3/4 x 5 in.

Inv# 12034

SOLD

Enji kōro (lychee-inspired blush celadon incense burner)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 3/4 x 3 1/2 in.

Inv# 12047

SOLD

Seiji (blue celadon) bachi (bowl)

2010

Porcelain

4 1/4 x 10 1/8 in.

Inv# 12045

SOLD

Seiji chawan (blue celadon teabowl)

2020

Porcelain

2 3/4 x 5 1/4 in.

Inv# 12053

SOLD

Suiji kōro (kingfisher celadon incense burner)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.

Inv# 12049

SOLD

Seiji (blue celadon) bachi (bowl)

2010

Porcelain

2 3/4 x 7 3/8 in.

Inv# 12043

SOLD

Ranji chawan (indigo celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.

Inv# 12109

SOLD

Seiji chawan (blue celadon teabowl)

2020

Porcelain

2  7/8 x 4 7/8 in.

Inv# 12052

SOLD

Kakuji kōro (fire-red celadon incense burner) with 'persimmon' base

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 5/8 x 4 5/8 in.

Inv# 12112

SOLD

Hakuseiji chawan (white-blue celadon teabowl)

2020

Porcelain

2 7/8 x 4 7/8 in.

Inv# 12051

SOLD

Enji (lychee-inspired blush celadon) teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 3/4 x 4 7/8 in.

Inv# 12027

SOLD

Seiji (blue celadon) bachi (bowl)

2010

Porcelain

2 7/8 x 6 5/8 in.

Inv# 12044

SOLD

Kakuji chawan (fire-red celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 5/8 x 5 3/8 in.

Inv# 12038

SOLD

Suiji chawan (kingfisher celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 3/8 x 4 7/8 in.

Inv# 12035

SOLD

Enji (lychee-inspired blush celadon) teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 7/8 x 4 7/8 in.

Inv# 12028

SOLD

Kakuji chawan (fire-red celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 x 4 5/8 in.

Inv# 12039

SOLD

Seiji tsubo (blue celadon vessel) with cover

2020

Porcelain

7 1/4 x 11 3/8 in.

Inv# 12054

SOLD

Enji (lychee-inspired blush celadon) teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.

Inv# 12029

SOLD

Ranji chawan (indigo celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 5/8 x 4 5/8 in.

Inv# 12037

SOLD

Suiji chawan (kingfisher celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 7/8 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.

Inv# 12033

SOLD

Kakuji chawan (fire-red celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 1/8 x 4 3/4 in.

Inv# 12040

SOLD

Enji (lychee-inspired blush celadon) teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 3/4 x 5  in.

Inv# 12026

SOLD

Kakuji chawan (fire-red celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 1/4 x 5 5/8 in.

Inv# 12041

SOLD

Ranji chawan (indigo celadon teabowl)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.

Inv# 12036

SOLD

Enji (lychee-inspired blush celadon) teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 7/8 x 4 3/4 in.

Inv# 12030

SOLD

Suiji kōro (kingfisher celadon incense burner)

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

4 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.

Inv# 12048

SOLD

Enji (lychee-inspired blush celadon) teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 x 5 in.

Inv# 12031

SOLD

Enji kōro (lychee-inspired blush celadon incense burner) with 'persimmon' base

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.

Inv# 12046

SOLD

Kakuji kōro (fire-red celadon incense burner) with 'persimmon' base

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

2 7/8 x 4 3/8 in.

Inv# 12050

SOLD

Enji (lychee-inspired blush celadon) teabowl

2019

Glazed porcelaneous stoneware

3 x 4 7/8 in.

Inv# 12032

SOLD

 

Press Release

After a half century in the field, Kawase Shinobu is now regarded as Japan’s most outstanding artist working within the ancient tradition of celadon. In this latest dazzling body of work, Kawase moves beyond the ancient Song Dynasty models and showcases his brilliance on the wheel, paired with an unrivaled command of celadon glazes in a range of luscious and delightfully surprising colors. Having represented Kawase for decades, and witnessed his development and artistic growth, Joan B Mirviss LTD is thrilled to present thirty-five works that he created for his latest show that irrefutably declares his mastery of celadon.  

Known as seiji-sensei or "Master of Celadon" in Japan, and with a comparably devoted  international following, Kawase Shinobu (b. 1950) stands apart as an artist honoring the historic precedents of celadon while pushing its limits beyond any other living artist in the medium. Flawlessly elegant, his works have an easy perfection that belie the formidable challenges of a  notoriously difficult firing and glazing process. He has captivated a worldwide audience with his successful fusion of contemporary forms and ancient techniques in precise, jewel-like vessels astounding to behold. 

Press Release pt.2

For this exhibition, Kawase frames his illustrious career in four parts that mirrors the structure of  Chinese poetry: Introduction, Development, Turn, and Conclusion (kishōtenketsu). During the "Introduction" phase when he met Joan Mirviss nearly forty years ago, he sought to emulate the classical forms and styles of the Song Dynasty; the subsequent "Development" phase was marked by a creative restlessness in which he looked to Nature for inspiration, and the resulting works played with asymmetry in form. 

This exhibition features works from what Kawase deems his "Turn" and "Conclusion" phases, presenting teabowls and incense burners in brilliant colors alongside recent work in classic celadon seiji (blue). The "Turn" phase was defined by color, a world he entered on the occasion of a specially commissioned birthday present for Joan in red celadon. Though never having  created such a work before, he succeeded after a great struggle, sparking a new approach to his art. His exploration into a vast array of original colors, including his signature "kingfisher celadon," culminated in his enji works, a lychee-inspired blush celadon that merges red and green in a seamless gradient reminiscent of ripening apples.  

After 40 years, Joan Mirviss has seen all my phases and witnessed my evolution as an artist. I am greatly pleased to present to my audience in the West these latest works, so that they too may experience and understand the transformation of my work.

- Kawase Shinobu

portrait

As a fully mature artist, Kawase is satisfied with his foray into color, a world that he was tempted  by, luxuriated in, and has now come full circle to his beginnings. His "Conclusion" phase is  defined by refraining from excessive ornamentation. Seven years in the making, and eagerly  anticipated by collectors and curators worldwide, this exhibition therefore not only looks back at  the artistic journey of a master but also looks forward to what these works will reveal in the sure  hand of an artist confident in his experience and perspective.  

 

 

Kawase Shinobu: Mastery of Celadon opens on November 3 and runs through December 20, 2021. 

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