White slip flower vase
1906 - 1980
Yasuhara Kimei based his activities in the government-sponsored annual exhibition. Characterised by their abstract and geometric designs, Yasuhara’s works from the 1930s were noticed by Teshigahara Sofu, the founder of the abstract Sogetsu School of Ikebana (Teshigahara was searching for potters who could make vases suitable for his free-style flower arrangements).
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.270.
Yasuhara Kimei was a seminal figure in the development of the avant-garde ceramic movement in post-war Japan. He exhibited in the important Nitten exhibitions, and at other venues.
Place where the work was made
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
63.5 x 22.5 cm diam.
Signature & date
Signed on foot, incised "Kimey". Not dated.
Signed back of lid [associated NWA box], in Japanese, ink [inscribed] "Kimei saku [made by Kimei]" [and artist's seal]. Not dated.
Gift of Norman Sparnon 1988
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Norman Sparnon Retrospective, David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 23 Jun 1994–10 Jul 1994
Referenced in 2 publications
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 270 (colour illus.).
Norman Sparnon, Japanese Flower Arrangements, Tokyo, 1960, 144 [illus.].