Large vase with designs of auspicious flowers and peach sprays (Hakuji enju-mon kabin) by Itaya Hazan

This vase in white porcelain dates to the mature period of Itaya Hazan, an artist held in extraordinarily high regard in his native Japan and celebrated as the nation’s first modern ceramicist, but relatively little known and studied elsewhere owing in part to the scarcity of his work in foreign collections.


Height 29.3 cm; width 23 cm
Art Fund grant:
£30,000 ( Total: £100,415)
Acquired in:
Watanabe Japanese Fine Art

The vase, with its elegant proportions, rounded shoulder and tapered neck would have been formed on the wheel, most likely in three sections, carved once dry and then twice fired. Its acquisition by the British Museum represents a significant step in raising the profile of the artist in the UK, and in increasing understanding of Hazan’s work, and also of the evolution of modern ceramics in Japan.


Private collection; Private Collection, 2010; Umeda Gallery, Osaka, 2011; Watanabe Japanese Fine Art, 2011. The Museum has carried out an Art Loss Register search.

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