Nakajima Yasumi II (1905-1986), Vase in the shape of a chrysanthemum

This globular vase with a reddish-brown patina and a body adorned with vertical gadroons has an eight-lobed opening reminiscent of a chrysanthemum flower.

Since the second half of the Meiji era (1868-1912), three main metal forming processes have been distinguished in Japan: casting (chūkin), of which this work by Nakajima Yasumi II constitutes a remarkable example, the hammering (tankin) and chasing (chokin). As for metals, along with gold, silver, copper and tin, bronze is one of the favorite materials of designers. It is obtained by alloying copper (do) and tin (Suzu), the percentage of which varies according to the different shades of patina that one wishes to obtain. To this combination can be added small amounts of zinc, lead, gold or silver in order to obtain even more sophisticated shades.

Son of the artist Yasumi I, Nakajima Yasumi II trained at the National School of Applied Art in
Sendai. In 1952, he was awarded the Hokuto-shō medal from the Japanese Traditional Arts Fair (Nitten) and in 1969 an honorary medal awarded by Ōsaka Prefecture.


Nakajima Yasumi II (1905-1986)
Chrysanthemum shaped vase
Shōwa era (1926 to 1989), 1960
H.25,5 cm; D.28cm
CM 2013-2

Gift of the Society of Friends of the Cernuschi Museum, 2013

Photo credit :

© Nakajima Yasumi II © Paris Museums / Cernuschi Museum


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