This vase was created at The Rookwood Pottery Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is shape number 1920 and features a waisted neck and tapering cylindrical form. Its black iris glaze is heavily streaked and hazy with a colorful English ivy design by the artist, Kataro Shirayamadani (Japanese/American, 1865 – 1948).
A rare and important Rookwood pottery Black Iris scenic vase done by Kataro Shirayamadani in 1907, 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 cipher of the artist.