Kenzan-style tea container with design of violets

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    Late 19th century
  • Geography

    Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Brown clay; white slip, iron pigment under transparent glaze, and enamels over glaze; ivory lid
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 6.4 × 8.5 cm (2 1/2 × 3 3/8 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1900.71a-b
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1900.71a-b

Object Details

  • Artist

    Imitation of Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743)
    Kyoto workshop
  • Description

    Clay: Stoneware, hard, resonant, grayish.
    Glaze: transparent, slight opacity where thick; crackled.
    Decoration: white slip, underglaze brown/black, overglaze green and red. Orchids.
    Signature: Kenzan.
  • Signatures

    Kenzan
  • Provenance

    Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900), Kyoto [1]
    To 1900
    Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1900 [2]
    From 1900 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1900 [3]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]
    Notes:
    [1] According to Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See Original Pottery List, L. 768, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [3] See note 2.
    [4] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics (December 9, 2001 to October 27, 2002)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900)
    Bunkio Matsuki 松木文恭 (1867-1940) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Vessel
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