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7/28/2016 | Scented Splendors: the art of Incense burners by Kawase Shinobu

KAWASE Shinobu 川瀬忍 (1950- )

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The elegant celadon porcelain works by Kawase Shinobu originated in the artist's great love and deep appreciation for traditional Chinese celadon. He has spent numerous hours in the galleries of Taiwan's National Museum, trying to soak in the lessons of centuries of ceramic tradition. Indeed, he has created celadon works equal to the classic ones if some of them not surpass.

Over his years of research, Kawase realized that much of the beauty and grace of Chinese celadon ceramics comes from their use of organic forms. These natural forms found their way into Kawase's work, as can be seen in these four beautiful pieces. Kawase finds inspiration in nature, often taking formal clues from flora and fauna and translating them into elegantly minimal works of art. 

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Here we have a piece feels like a soft ripe persimmon, a little pinch will break the skin; another one is like an abstract form of lotus seed which often associated with Buddhist purification, the other two are tripod incense burners their from can be traced back to Chinese neo Classic forms. 

The clay body is skillfully thrown, perfectly glazed.

The quality of celadon glaze achieved by the artist is unmatched in its purity, a formal achievement that mirrors his tranquil subjects.

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KAWASE Shinobu 川瀬忍(1950- )

Incense Burner  Persimmon 青磁香炉

H2.9" x Dia3.4", H7.6 x Dia8.7cm

Celadon

With Signed Wood Box


Incense Burner  Lotus 青磁香炉

H2.5" x Dia2.7", H6.5 x Dia7cm

Celadon

With Signed Wood Box, and lacquer presented box


Three-legged Incense Burner  青磁香炉

H5.5" x Dia5.5", H14 x Dia14cm

Celadon

With Signed Wood Box


Three-legged Incense Burner 2 青磁香炉, circa 1989

H7.6" x Dia5.1", H19.5 x Dia13cm

Celadon

With Signed Wood Box

C.S. Jiang