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description 11906

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)
Large cobalt blue-and-white (sometsuke) baluster vase with calligraphic poem
ca. 1940
Glazed porcelain with Totōan box
14 x 10 7/8 in.
RESERVED

Potter’s mark:    Rosanjin (in cobalt on base)
Box title:            Sometsuke mojimon hanaike; Vase with Characters in Sometsuke (on cover)
Box inscription: Kitaōji Rosanjin sensei no saku; 2020, Created by Master Kitaōji Rosanjin (inside cover); Reiwa kanoe ne (2020)
Box seal:     Tōtōan

Poem:         The poem is identical to one on the vase in the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MoMAK), pictured below. 
萬里白雲一輪紅日
Manri hakuun ichirin kōjitsu;
"Far away (literally 10,000 li), white clouds and a red sun."

萬里白雲一輪紅日
Manri hakuun ichirin kōjitsu
"Far away, white clouds and a red sun."

description 11906 pt 2

Similar work by Rosanjin with identical poem (1949), MoMAK Collection. 

For similar works:
Kitaōji Rosanjin 50th Anniversary of His Death. Kahitsukan, Museum of Contemporary Art. Kyoto, 2009, p. 102.
Kitaōji Rosanjin – bishoku motenashi no geijyutsu. Tokyo: Asahi Shimbun Bunka Kikaku Kyoku, 1996, p. 96, pl. 50.
Kitaōji Rosanjin. Mie: Paramita Museum, 2005, pl. 28.
Kuroda Kazuya. Rosanjin utsuwa no kokoro; Rosanjin The Heart of Pottery. Tokyo: Graphic-Sha Publishing Co. Ltd., 2010, p.79. 
Mizuo, Hiroshi ed. Gendai nihon no tōgei 2: Yō to bi no kyoshō (Contemporary Japanese Ceramics Vol. 2). Tokyo: Kōdansha, 1984, p.10, pl.4.

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