Nakada Kingyoku Torquoise Morikin Shirochibu Grape Pattern Vase

JPY ¥300,000

The Torquoise Morikin Shirochibu Grape Pattern Vase features a captivating light turquoise base, which beautifully complements the meticulously applied shirochibu "white dots," creating an effect of serene elegance and purity. 

Nakada Kingyoku the Third's work, characterized by the dynamic visual rhythm of aochibu and chirochibu dots and the depth of morikin gold, masterfully combines traditional techniques with contemporary creativity. Drawing inspiration from the Rimpa School's philosophy, which places equal value on the beauty and intentionality of space and detailed design, Nakada skillfully integrates this concept into his work. Allowing the presence of space to not only enhance the dignity and elegance of the final piece but also to bridge the gap between traditional aesthetics and modern artistic expression.


  • DimensionD 11.4 cm (4.4 in) x H 20.8 cm (8.2 in) 
  • Material: Porcelain 
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Kutani ware
  • Artist: Nakada Kingyoku

The Shirochibu technique involves the delicate application of white dots to create intricate patterns. In this vase, the white dots are arranged in a sophisticated swirl pattern that winds gracefully around the vase’s surface. The space around the pattern is intentionally left blank, allowing the design to stand out starkly against the serene light turquoise background, inviting the viewer to appreciate the purity and precision of each dot.

Adding to the vase’s allure are the leaves of grapes, rendered in both platinum and gold. This use of precious metals adds a layer of luxurious depth and contrast to the design. The platinum leaves have a subtle sheen that complements the bright sparkle of the gold, creating a dynamic interplay of metallic textures that catches the light and draws the eye.


Under the tutelage of his father, Nakada Kingyoku the Second, and decade of rigorous apprenticeship, he has culminated in a profound mastery over the Aochibu "blue dots" and Morikin "raised gold" techniques. Blending traditional elegance with innovative flair through the use of platinum and spatial elements inspired by the Rimpa school. His commitment to excellence is reflected in his meticulous choice of tools and materials including platinum, ensuring each piece he creates embodies the intricate beauty characteristic of Kutani ware.

His work was selected for the National Traditional Craftwork Exhibition and the Traditional Kutani Craft Exhibition. He was officially certified as a Kutani Ware Traditional Craftsperson. In 2017, he was honored with the Ishikawa Prefecture Traditional Industry, Outstanding Technician Encouragement Award, underscoring his significant contributions to the field and recognizing his efforts to push the boundaries of traditional craftsmanship.

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