Kutani ware bottle with design of asters, chrysanthemums, peonies, wisteria and quail

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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 19th century
  • Geography

    Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Porcelain with red, gold, purple, brown and black enamel pigments over colorless glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 15.5 x 8.3 x 8.3 cm (6 1/8 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Bottle with trumpet-shaped mouth, bulbous body, and trimmed foot, decorated with design of asters, chrysanthemums, peonies, wisteria and quail.
    Clay: Porcelain; footrim darkened on surface by use.
    Glaze: Over colorless glaze, red and gold enamels applied to neck and rim and purple, brown, gold, red and black enamels applied to body. Factory mark in red overglaze enamel on base. Unglazed footrim.
    Decoration: A gold cloud pattern against a red enamel ground decorates the lip and neck. The rim is outlined in gold enamel. The red on the neck and around the bottom of the bottle just above the base serve as a framework for the body decoration which features asters, chrysanthemums, peonies and wisteria. Two standing and two flying quail, their brown bodies highlighted with gold and black pigments, are placed in the middle of the flora. The white band at the base of the vase suggests a footring.
    Mark: Kutani, in red enamel on base.
  • Inscriptions

    "Kutani" mark in red overglaze enamel.
  • 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.
    [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
  • Exhibition History

    Japanese Art of the Meiji Era (September 20, 1997 to April 26, 1998)
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

    Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Bequest of Isabel S. Kurtz
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