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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1893-1899
  • Geography

    Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Porcelain with dark blue glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 16.5 x 11.1 x 11.1 cm (6 1/2 x 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1991.28
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1991.28

Object Details

  • Artist

    Miyagawa Kozan (1842-1916)
  • Description

    Baluster-shaped vase with fairly wide mouth, thin lip and slightly averted rim. Short neck and gently flared and tapered foot trimmed to create narrow footring.
    Clay: Porcelain, footrim slightly chipped and darkened on surface by use.
    Glaze: Dark blue glaze colored with iron, chromium and iron appears to be dusted on to exterior. Green splotches scattered throughout the glaze. Milky-white mottling on shoulder and area above base suggest that colorless glaze, applied over blue pigment, was probably under fired. Colorless glaze applied to interior and foot slightly under fired and obscures blue potter's mark on foot. Unglazed footrim.
    Decoration: Monochrome dark blue glazed bottle. The off-white of the interior contrasts with the dark blue of the body.
    Signatures/Inscriptions: Two paper labels: "CMK 5" and "5/[square]/[2]" on foot. Potter's mark: "Kozan sei" in blue (cobalt) on foot. Two additional, undecipherable marks on foot outside of square.
  • Marks

    Potter's mark: "Kozan sei" in blue (cobalt) on foot. Two additional, undecipherable marks on foot outside of square
  • Inscriptions

    Two paper labels: "CMK 5" and "5/[square]/[2]" on foot. .
  • Provenance

    To ?
    Charles M. Kurtz (1855-1909). [1]
    To 1991
    Isabel S. Kurt (1901-1991). [2]
    From 1991
    Freer Gallery of Art, bequest of Isabel S. Kurtz (1901-1991). [3]
    Notes:
    [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
  • 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

    Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Bequest of Isabel S. Kurtz
  • Type

    Vessel
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