Cloisonne-on-porcelain tea cannister with double lid, Seto ware and Nagoya workshop, one of a pair with F1984.33a-c

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Seto and Nagoya, Aichi prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze, enamel over glaze, cloisonne, and lacquer
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 28.5 x 20.7 x 20.7 cm (11 1/4 x 8 1/8 x 8 1/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Artist

    Takenouchi Chubei
  • Description

    One of a pair of cloisonne-on-porcelain tea cannisters with double lids. The jars are modeled after Chinese pewter storage jars for loose-leaf tea, with porcelain inner lids covered by cap-shaped outer lids.
    Clay: Porcelain (Seto).
    Glaze: Clear glaze on interior of vessel and inside foot rim; neck and foot rim unglazed (foot rim appears to have been ground down); outer lid partially glazed on inside, with rim and edge left bare; inner lid glazed except on rim and edge.
    Decoration: Underglaze (artificial?) cobalt and overglaze gold enamel decorations on inner lid. Outside of jar and outer lid covered by opaque multicolor cloisonne enamels on olive-green ground, with silver and brass cloisons, except for band of black lacquer at foot having stenciled gold decor.
    Mark: Inscribed in red overglaze enamel on base "Dai Nippon/Kaiyosha/kojin Takenouchi" (Japan, Kaiyosha, craftsman Takenouchi).
  • Inscriptions

    Inscribed in red overglaze enamel on base "Dai Nippon/Kaiyosha/kojin Takenouchi" (Japan, Kaiyosha, craftsman Takenouchi).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Origin

    Seto and Nagoya, Aichi prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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