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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1900
  • Geography

  • Material

    Porcelain with copper-tinted glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 18.1 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm (7 1/8 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Attributed to Takemoto Hayata (1848-1892)
  • Description

    Inverted pyriform-shaped (pear-shaped) vase with narrow mouth, flared lip and thin rim characteristic of trumpet-shaped neck. Square shoulders and bulbous body tapering down into stem which rests on flat foot trimmed to form thin footring.
    Clay: Porcelain, footrim slightly darkened on surface by use.
    Glaze: A red transmutation glaze with green inclusions. The blue-green color may have been caused by phase-separation. Glaze streaked and mottled during firing caused spontaneously as a result of the particular glaze design, the supersaturation of the pigment in the glaze and how the glaze reacted in the kiln. When fired in an oxidizing atmosphere, the metallic oxides in the glaze came to the surface and formed the crystals. Interior and foot covered with light blue-green glaze. Unglazed footrim.
    Decoration: The streaking and spotting in green and blue-green provided a bright decorative contrast with the red ground color.
    Signatures/Inscriptions: Two paper labels: "1" and "88/hiku/766/116/" and two undecipherable marks.
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

  • Credit Line

    Bequest of Isabel S. Kurtz
  • Type

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