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Vase in form of a paper bag
  • Vase in form of a paper bag
    Komatsu, Makoto, born 1943
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Vase in form of a paper bag

  • Place of origin:

    Gyoda (designed)

  • Date:

    1975 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Komatsu, Makoto, born 1943 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, off-white glaze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 6

Physical description

Two flower vases
In the form of paper bags
Glazed porcelain
The two vases are of porcelain with an off-white glaze all over, except for the bases. They are in the form of paper bags with inwards folds in the narrow sides, closing slightly towards the top. The wider sides are slightly crumpled. 54A is more closed at the top than 54.
The bases are inscribed M.Komatsu with a mark

Place of Origin

Gyoda (designed)


1975 (designed)


Komatsu, Makoto, born 1943 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, off-white glaze

Marks and inscriptions

M.KOMATSU and mark inscribed on base.


Depth: 7.1 cm base, Height: 24.7 cm, Width: 17.8 cm base

Descriptive line

'Crinkle Series' vase, porcelain with clear off-white glaze, designed by Komatsu Makoto, Japan (Gyoda, Saitama prefecture), 1975

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Penny Sparke, 'Japanese Design' (London, 1987), p. 134: A set of three vases of varying sizes exhibited in Japan Style, handlist E.9. This example of the middle size. Komatsu also designer of black glaze vases in the same shape.

Labels and date

Wall clock, ‘IN ON TIME 4’
Matsumoto Hideo (born 1951)
Porcelain painted in underglaze blue
Gift of Miharudō Gallery
Museum no. FE.18-1995
Vase, ‘Crinkle Series’
Designed 1975
Designed by Komatsu Makoto (born 1943)
Gyōda, Saitama prefecture
Slip-cast porcelain
Museum no. FE.54-1981
Crinkle Series vase
Gyōda, designed by Komatsu Makoto (b.1943)
1975 (designed)
V&A FE.54-1981
[December 2014]

Production Note

Biographical reference: 'Bijutsu techo' (1988), p.320 [address only]: Penny Sparke, '@Japanese Design' (London, 1987), p.137
Gyoda, Saitama prefecture, JAPAN




Containers; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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