Ginger jar with domed cover, with design of blossoming prunus

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1893-1899
  • Geography

    Kyoto, Japan
  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under colorless glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 10.5 x 10.8 x 10.8 cm (4 1/8 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 in)
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Object Details

  • Artist

    Style of Miyagawa Kozan (1842-1916)
  • Description

    Ginger jar with domed cover, decorated with branches of prunus blossoms and buds. A small version of the classic "ginger jar" shape, with flattened shoulders and globular body tapering into a small foot and narrow footrim. Domed cover fits over an upright neck.
    Clay: Porcelain; footrim slightly chipped and darkened on surface by use.
    Glaze: Colorless glaze evenly applied to exterior, interior and foot; unglazed footrim.
    Decoration: In blue (cobalt) pigment under the glaze. Below a "comb" pattern circling the base of the neck, the body is decorated with prunus blossoms and buds on branches, set against a ground of cobalt wash. Domed cover also ornamented with blossoming prunus set against blue wash ground.
    Mark: none.
  • Provenance

    To ?
    Charles M. Kurtz (1855-1909). [1]
    To 1991
    Isabel S. Kurtz (1901-1991). [2]
    From 1991
    Freer Gallery of Art, bequest of Isabel S. Kurtz (1901-1991). [3]
    [1] Ms. Isabel Kurtz bequeathed the group of Asian ceramics, F1991.19-.44, to the Freer Gallery of Art.
    These objects had been collected by her father, Charles M. Kurtz, who was a friend of Charles Freer.
    Also see Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
    [3] See note 2.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Charles M. Kurtz (1855-1909)
    Isabel S. Kurtz (1901-1991)
  • Origin

    Kyoto, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Bequest of Isabel S. Kurtz
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