Dish with design of four spades

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Yambeta kiln group, Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze, enamels over glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 6.4 x 33.3 cm (2 1/2 x 13 1/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Deep dish with plain rim and low foot.
    Clay: coarse porcelain.
    Glaze: transparent, inside only.
    Decoration: Inside: overglaze enamel, four spade-like forms in yellow on green with blackish-brown diaper patterns. Outside: muddy yellow enamel washed over brownish cloud patterns directly on body.
    Repaired on one side.
  • Marks

    Mark: Fuku in brown under foot.
  • Provenance

    To 1966
    Harry C. Nail, Jr., El Dorado, Arkansas. [1]
    From 1966
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Harry C. Nail, Jr., El Dorado, Arkansas. [2]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Cornucopia: Ceramics of Southern Japan (December 19, 2009 to January 9, 2011)
    Japanese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to January 17, 1980)
    Japanese Ukiyo-e Painting (May 2, 1973 to July 1, 1974)
    Japanese Art—Paintings, Pottery (August 18, 1967 to September 20, 1971)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Harry C. Nail Jr.
  • Origin

    Yambeta kiln group, Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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