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Kataro Shirayamadani Signed Rookwood Pottery Vase with Floral Motif


Kataro Shirayamadani signed Rookwood Pottery hand painted vase with floral motif. This exquisite vase was decorated by premier Rookwood artist, Kataro Shirayamadani. Rookwood Pottery is recognized as one of the preeminent producers of fine art pottery in the world. Founded in 1880, Rookwood's artisans experimented with new techniques and glazes, developing their own distinctive style and creating pieces that are highly sought after by collectors today. One of the most celebrated ceramic artists in history, Japanese artist Kataro Shirayamadani began working for Rookwood in 1887 and went on to have a major influence on the company. A skilled porcelain painter, Shirayamadani's pieces have a distinctive look reflecting his innovative artistic approach. Rather than focusing on only one side of a piece, the artist typically decorated the entire exterior, treating it as a complete artwork. According to American pottery expert David Rago, "...(Shirayamadani) integrated elements of his Eastern training and the fluid lines of Art Nouveau to add life and a creative spark to his efforts." He is also appreciated for his mastery in working with a variety of glazes. This circa 1932 vase has a traditional trumpet form with a circular pedestal foot which narrows in and flares out at the body, terminating in a wide mouth with a rolled lip. The piece has a vellum glaze on the exterior and features a pastel palette made up of yellow, green, blue and pink hues. Shirayamadani decorated the vase with a series of stylized day lily blossoms, buds and foliage, all of which are set on a yellow field. There is a slight gradient effect to the glaze, with the yellow background gradually giving way to mottled greenish-blue near the top of the piece. The interior of the vase has a similar glaze treatment, adding visual interest to the piece. This first quality vase is in excellent vintage condition with no crazing, chips, cracks or repairs. The vase stands 6.25" tall and measures 5" in diameter at the mouth. The 2 5/8" diameter foot bears Rookwood's impressed "RP" logo along with their characteristic 14 flame mark and the Roman numeral "XXXII", dating the vase to 1932. It also has the incised code "S" and Shirayamadani's character signature in black. As seen in photo 5, there are three stilt marks from the kiln which are related to the production process. The vase has a total weight of 1lb 5oz. This outstanding art pottery vase would be a fantastic addition to an existing collection of Rookwood, or works well as classic stand alone decorative accent on a table, shelf or mantelpiece. An elegant piece by a renowned artist.


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    H 6.25 in. x Dm 5 in.H 15.88 cm x Dm 12.7 cm
  • Diameter
    5 in. (12.7 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Cincinnati, OH
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