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Fine and Rare Japanese Seiji, Celadon Porcelain Vase by 1st Suwa Sozan
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Fine and Rare Japanese Seiji, Celadon Porcelain Vase by 1st Suwa Sozan

The size of Vase: 9 9/16" High x 4 5/16" Square (243 mm x 110 mm). This is rare Seiji, Celadon Vase by 1st Suwa Sozan (1851-1922) in Chinse Sung Dynasty style. It came with Tomobako. Tomobako top cover has Japanese writing, "Seiji, Sangi Kabin" (Celadon, Sangi, Flower Vase) with chop seal of Teishitsu-Gigeiin (imperial household member). There is Sozan's signature with his chop seal on the left corner. Sangi is sticks used for calculate numbers in China. There is chop seal of Sozan embossed on the bottom of vase. The condition of vase excellent, no chip, no crack and no hairline. Please note there is one small Kamahi spot at the corner which we show in last photo before Tomobako cover. Also you will find in our additional photo in there. It is under the glaze kiln spot. First page showing little darker celadon color. Additional photo page is more closer to actual color. The vase was washed which brought out more true color of vase. Paper label is old Japanese stock number 97. Dating this vase after he became Teishitsu-gigeiin 1917, before 1922. It is rare to find his this Seiji vase.

Suwa Sozan Ist (1851-1922)
was born to the family of a retainer of the Daimyo of Kaga in Kanazawa, Kiei 4th, 1851. His first name was Yoshitake or Eisaburo. He was first trained in a kiln of Kutani ware in Ishikawa Prefecture. Although he went to Tokyo in 1875 trying to establish a business in porcelain painting, he decided to return home and worked for a Kutani ware company. He then taught at the Ishikawa Prefectural Technical High School and contributed in developing kilns. In 1900, he was invited to help the Kinkozan kiln in Kyoto and founded his own kiln in Gojozaka in Kyoto in 1907 and started to work as an independent artist. He produced so called Sozan-seiji celadon and went to Korea to research old kilns, contributing to the revival of celadon kilns. He was appointed as Teishitsu Gigei-in, Imperial Court Artist in 1917.
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