Nakada Kingyoku Red Morikin Shirochibu Grape Pattern Vase

JPY ¥300,000

The Red Morikin Shirochibu Grape Pattern Vase is distinguished by its rich red base, creating a striking canvas that elevates the artistry of the meticulously applied shirochibu "white dots." This bold choice of color, showcases Nakada Kingyoku the Third's dedication to melding classical techniques with modern innovation. 

The vibrant red base not only enriches the overall design but also provides a luxurious backdrop that makes the platinum and gold leaves of the grape pattern stand out with extravagant contrast, offering a contemporary twist on timeless elegance while honoring the heritage of Kutani ware.

Nakada's work is a true embodiment of the Rimpa School's legacy, deeply valuing the beauty of space—a fundamental element in Japanese art philosophy. Following the Rimpa tradition, his designs give equal importance to the intentional use of blank space and the painted areas. This approach allows the space within his work to enhance the dignity and elegance of the final piece, effectively bridging traditional aesthetics and modern artistic expression.


  • Dimension: D 10.8 cm (4.3 in) x H 19.5 cm
  • Material: Porcelain 
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Kutani ware
  • Artist: Nakada Kingyoku

Employing the shirochibu technique, this vase features the delicate placement of white dots forming intricate swirl patterns that gracefully adorn the vessel's surface. The intentional blank space surrounding the pattern allows the design to emerge starkly against the red, drawing the viewer's attention to the precision and purity of each dot. This design choice highlights the meticulous craftsmanship and creative vision behind the vase, inviting admiration and contemplation.

The addition of platinum and gold leaves brings an opulent depth to the vase, with the platinum's subtle sheen and gold's radiant sparkle creating a luxurious interplay of metallic textures. This blend of precious metals against the red backdrop not only catches the light but also captivates the gaze, making the vase a focal point of any room.

The extravagant contrast between the red base and the gold and platinum leaves encapsulates Nakada Kingyoku's bold spirit of innovation, pushing the boundaries of Kutani ware ceramic art into new realms of beauty and magnificence.


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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