Incense burner with design of flowers and vine scrolls

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Seto or associated workshop, Aichi prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Buff clay with cobalt pigment under transparent glaze, enamels over glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 8.7 x 10.2 cm (3 7/16 x 4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Style of Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743)
    Seto-affiliated workshop, Kenzan style
  • Description

    Cylindrical incense burner (koro).
    Clay: stoneware: hard, dense, grayish.
    Glaze: transparent, crackled. Interior bottom unglazed.
    Decoration: in brilliant red, green and lavender-blue enamels, under glaze.
    Mark: Kenzan, written with cobalt pigment under glaze.
  • Signatures

    Kenzan, in blue pigment under glaze, on base.
  • Provenance

    To 1911
    Sato, Nagasaki, to 1911 [1]
    From 1911 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Sato in 1911 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2191, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] 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

    Sato (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Seto or associated workshop, Aichi prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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