Lot No. 0577
Rare and important Rookwood Black Iris scenic vase done by Kataro Shirayamadani in 1907. Pictured are five beautifully detailed barn swallows flying through trailing boughs of English ivy. Every detail of the birds is precise, down to individual feathers, tiny feet and eyes. The ivy and swallows contrast wonderfully with the black ground at top and bottom. Marks include the Rookwood logo, the date, shape number 905 B and the incised cypher of the artist. Height 14 3/4 inches. There is almost no crazing with just a few tiny lines in the decoration. A true gem that has been in a private collection for over a third of a century. It does, truly, take one’s breath away.