Vase with Plum Blossoms

c. 1915–40
Location: not on view
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Broad access to high-quality Chinese ceramics occasioned by the collapse of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) and the dispersal of elite Chinese collections presented Seifū Yohei IV with models for both molded decoration, in which molds are used to press clay into shapes, and painted motifs. Yohei IV’s all-over design of budding and flowering plum blossoms, strongly associated with spring and with China, is combined with his father’s “water color” glaze on this vase.
Vase with Plum Blossoms

Vase with Plum Blossoms

c. 1915–40

Seifū Yohei IV

(Japanese, 1872–1951)
Japan, Taishō period (1912–26) or Shōwa period (1926–89)

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