Full details of each lot are displayed, except the lot number, estimate and price. You must be a subscriber to view lot numbers, estimates and prices.

Click here to view registration and subscription levels

Auction House:Shapiro AuctioneersNumber of lots recorded:34
Sale Title:A Connoisseur’s Collection Of Hiroe Swen Pottery: A Pristine Selection of 34 Pieces Dating from 1974-2018Lots with images:34
Auction Location:Sydney 
Date:3-Dec-2023 
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Ikebana Vase, c. 1977, slab and coil built stoneware with aquamarine satin glaze with linear design on both sides and top, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 21 cm, width 33 cm, depth 16 cm. Provenance: Shapiro Auctioneers, Sydney, 2007. Private Collection, Sydney
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Surfing, Vase, c. 1990, slab and coil built stoneware with tapered base, asymmetrical form, white satin ground glaze, overlaid with grey and blue strokes across the body, artists signature and seals impressed on base, thought to be one of three in this series, height 20 cm width 40 cm depth 22 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Ceramic Art Gallery, (Janet Mansfield). Private Collection, Sydney. Exhibited: 'Surfing Challenge', Canberra Museum and Gallery
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). A Favourite Nesting Place II, Vase, c. 2018, slab and coil built stoneware of rounded box form, ivory cream satin glaze, with overlaid decoration with blue glazed bird motifs, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 18 cm width 27.5 cm depth 19 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney. Exhibited: 'Fifty Flights of Fancy: Ceramic by Hiroe Swen' at Watson Arts Centre, 2018. Reference: Cf. Vase in the back with flowers photographed during exhibition,…
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Large Ikebana Vase, c. 1980, slab and coil built stoneware of shouldered form, with muslin cloth impressions on a brown ground gloss glaze, overlaid with modelled white glaze, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 40 cm width 45 cm depth 19 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Artist. Private Collection, Sydney
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Ikebana Vase, c. 1975, slab and coil built stoneware of squat form, with tapered base and squared bulbous shoulders, with blue glaze, overlaid with modelled white gloss glaze, artists seals impressed on base, height 18 cm width 30 cm depth 30 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney. Exhibited: '6th One Man Exhibition of Ceramics by Hiroe Swen' at Pastoral Gallery, Queanbeyan, 1986
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Ceramic Bowl, c. 1976, slab built stoneware with bevelled edges, textured surface and muslin cloth impressions to interior, brown gloss glaze, with overlaid modelled white glaze, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 15 cm width 39 cm. Provenance: Shapiro Auctioneers, Sydney, 2015. Private Collection, Sydney
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). The Tidal Wave, Vase, c. 1999, slab built stoneware of rounded box form, with blue glaze, decorated with pale blue lines depicting wave motion, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 30 cm width 50 cm depth 15 cm. Provenance: Shapiro Auctioneers, Sydney, 2013. Private Collection, Sydney
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Vase, c. 1977, slab built stoneware with tapered base and squared shoulders, brown gloss glaze, with overlaid modelled white glaze, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 12 cm width 28 cm depth 28 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Artist. Private Collection, Sydney. Reference: Cf. National Gallery of Australia, IRN: 99407, similar characteristics, https://searchthecollection.nga.gov.au/object/99407
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Canberra Route, Vase, c. 1988, slab and coil built stoneware of rectangular form, with bevelled edges, wax resist blue glaze overlaid with modelled grey glaze, and linear designs depicting Canberra roads, artists signature and seals impressed on base, thought to be one of three in series, height 30 cm width 46 cm depth 19 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Artist. Private Collection, Sydney. Exhibited: Re-launch of Pastoral Gallery, Queanbeyan, 1988
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Tall Ikebana Vase, c. 1970s, slab and coil built stoneware of slim-bodied form, with cobalt blue and brown satin glaze, bevelled edge and linear reliefs on both sides, artists seals impressed on base, height 33.5 cm width 31 cm depth 6 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Part of 'Confluence' Series, Vase, c. 1985, slab and coil built stoneware with tapered base, asymmetrical form and rounded edges, wax resist steel blue satin ground glaze, overlaid dark blue abstract patches with pale blue linear motifs on both sides, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 29 cm width 38 cm depth 20 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Artist. Private Collection, Sydney
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Defying Gravity I, Vase, c. 2018, slab and coil built stoneware of rounded box form, with white satin glaze, decorated with blue ink bird motifs and blue ink abstract panels, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 27 cm width 15.5 cm depth 11 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney. Exhibited: 'Fifty Flights of Fancy: Ceramic by Hiroe Swen' at Watson Arts Centre, 2018. Reference: Cf. Vase front right corner photographed during exhibition, https…
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Migration, Vase, c. 1999, slab and coil built stoneware of rounded box form, with pale blue satin glaze, decorated with wax resist bird motifs surrounding both sides, and bevelled edge, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 35 cm width 46 cm depth 22 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Artist (personal collection, never exhibited). Private Collection, Sydney
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Large Ikebana Vase, c. 1980, slab and coil built stoneware of shouldered form, decorated with birds in flight against a matte glazed body, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 42 cm width 49 cm depth 21 cm. Provenance: Purchased at Weswal Gallery, Tamworth, 1993. Private Collection, Canberra, Shapiro Auctioneers, Sydney, 2019. Private Collection, Sydney. Reference: Cf. Art Gallery of New South Wales, IRN: 260.1981, similar characteristics, https…
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Ikebana Vase, c. 1975, coil built stoneware of slim-bodied form, decorated with wax resist geometric design in iron oxide against matte black glazed ground, artists seals impressed on base, retains original gallery decal number, height 38 cm width 42 cm depth 19 cm. Provenance: Provenance Artist, Pastoral Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW. Private Collection, Canada. Private Collection, Sydney. Exhibited: '6th One Man Exhibition of Ceramics by Hiroe Swen' at Pastoral…
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Large Ikebana Vase, c. 1980s, slab and coil built stoneware of shouldered form, decorated with abstract birds in flight design against black matte ground glaze, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 26.5 cm width 37 cm depth 14 cm. Provenance: Weswal Gallery, Tamworth, 1993. Private Collection, NSW, Shapiro Auctioneers, Sydney, 2017. Private Collection, Sydney. Exhibited: Hiroe Swen Solo Exhibition, Weswal Gallery, Tamworth, July 1993
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Large Vase, c. 1980, slab built stoneware, with black satin glaze, decorated with oxide stained bird motif, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 32 cm width 30 cm depth 15 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Concave Form, c. 1974, slab built stoneware low bowl, with bevelled edge and textured surface to interior, matte brown and turquoise glaze, artists seals impressed on base, height 8 cm width 45 cm. Provenance: Shapiro Auctioneers, Sydney, 2018. Private Collection, Sydney. Exhibited: 'Fourteen Years of Handbuilt Ceramics' at Pastoral Gallery, Queanbeyan, 1986. Reference: Cf. Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, similar characteristics, 'Rural Retreat', Accession…
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Bowl, c. 1975, slab built stoneware, with short neck, turquoise satin glaze and bevelled edges, artists seals impressed on base, height 15.5 cm width 47 cm. Provenance: Provenance Artist, Pastoral Gallery, NSW, 1987, Purchased from Leonard Joel, Sydney, 2018. Private Collection, Sydney. Reference: Cf. National Gallery of Australia, IRN: 28863, similar characteristics, https://searchthecollection.nga.gov.au/object/28863
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Bud Vase, c. 1990, slab and coil built stoneware with ink blue/black matte glaze, with turquoise neck, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 16 cm width 20.5 cm depth 12.5 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Artist. Private Collection, Sydney
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Vase, c. 1975, slab and coil built stoneware, of slim-bodied form, with turquoise satin glaze, artists seals impressed on base, height 28 cm width 33 cm depth 12.5 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney. Reference: Cf. National Gallery of Australia, IRN: 28869, 28865 similar characteristics, https://searchthecollection.nga.gov.au/object/28869 and https://searchthecollection.nga.gov.au/object/28865
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Part of 'Callisthenics Series', Vase, c. 1977, coil built stoneware of slim-bodied form, with brown speckled gloss glaze, decorated with carved abstract impressions, artists seals impressed on base, height 30 cm width 31 cm depth 15 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Leonard Joel, Sydney. Private Collection, Sydney. Reference: Cf. Gippsland Art Gallery, similar characteristics, Accession number: 2013.087
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Vase, c. 1977, slab and coil built stoneware of rounded box form, with turquoise matte glaze, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 13.5 cm width 22.5 cm depth 13.5 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Leonard Joel, Sydney, 2016. Private Collection, Sydney
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Sculpture Form, c. 1980, slab and coil built stoneware, of rectangular squat form, with white matte glaze and overlaid with ink blue, pale blue and eucalyptus brushstrokes, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 10.5 cm width 35 cm depth 28 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Large Ikebana Vase, c. 1974, slab and coil built stoneware with tapered base and squared bulbous shoulders, matte turquoise glaze, artists seals impressed on base, retains original gallery decal number, height 21 cm width 30 cm depth 30 cm. Provenance: Pastoral Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW. Private Collection, Qld, Shapiro Auctioneers, Sydney, 2016. Private Collection, Sydney
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Vase, c. 1981, slab and coil built stoneware of rounded box form, ivory cream satin glaze, with overlaid decoration with two blue patches of sky and two Japanese cranes on each side, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 20.5 cm width 27 cm depth 15 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Leonard Joel, Sydney, 2016. Private Collection, Sydney
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Ikebana Vase, c. 1977, slab and coil built stoneware of squat form, with tapered base and rectangular bulbous shoulders, with creamy brown satin glaze, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 21 cm width 34 cm depth 23.5 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney. Reference: Cf. National Gallery of Australia, IRN: 43406, similar characteristics, demonstrates our piece has the best form of this style, https://searchthecollection.nga.gov.au/object/43406
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Ceramic Bowl, c. 1977, slab built stoneware, of squat square form with rounded corners, speckled brown gloss glaze, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 19 cm width 30 cm depth 30 cm. Provenance: Shapiro Auctioneers, Sydney, 2013. Private Collection, Sydney. Reference: Cf. National Gallery of Australia, IRN: 99407, similar characteristics, https://searchthecollection.nga.gov.au/object/99407
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Vase, c. 2015, slab built stoneware of boxed form, with hazelnut-blue satin glaze, decorated with high gloss abstract reliefs, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 19.5 cm width 23.5 cm depth 9.5 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney. Exhibited: Bilk Gallery, Canberra, 2015
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Vase, c. 1977, slab and coil built stoneware with tapered base and rectangular bulbous shoulders, muslin cloth impressed underglaze, overlaid with dark brown and white gloss glaze and linear reliefs, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 19 cm width 33.5 cm depth 16 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Artist. Private Collection, Sydney. Reference: Cf. Gippsland Art Gallery, similar characteristics, Accession number: 2013.086
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Gang Gang Territory, Vase, c. 2015, slab built stoneware of boxed form, with blue-grey satin glaze, decorated with high gloss abstract reliefs, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 21.5 cm width 24 cm depth 11.5 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney. Exhibited: 'The Q', Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Large Pot Vase, c. 2008, slab built stoneware with bevelled edge, off-white gloss glaze, decorated with black brushwork and carve relief, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 31 cm width 40 cm depth 10 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Artist (personal collection, never exhibited). Private Collection, Sydney
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Turbulent Feelings III, Vase, c. 2008, slab and coil built stoneware, with a rounded edge, off-white gloss glaze, decorated with black brushwork and carve relief, artists signature and seals impressed on base, height 24 cm width 34 cm depth 18 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Artist. Private Collection, Sydney. Exhibited: 'From Darkness to Light', at Drill Hall Gallery, 2008
***
***
Hiroe Swen (Japanese/Australian, b. 1934). Quadrille 01, Vase, c. 2013, slab built stoneware of cubed form, with white gloss glaze, linear reliefs and black stamped tree motifs, artists signature and seals impressed on base, thought to be one of only two in this form, height 24 cm width 21 cm depth 21 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney. Exhibited: 'Austral-Japanese Harmony' at Belconnen Arts Centre, 2013. Reference: Cf. Artist photographed with vase during exhibition, https://citynews.com…
***