Vase with wood stand (one of a pair with F1996.5.2a-b in original box F1996.5.3a-d)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1902
  • Geography

    Nagoya, Japan
  • Material

    Cloisonné on metal (brass), silver alloy rim and base
  • Dimension

    H x Diam (a): 12.1 x 4.7 cm (4 3/4 x 1 7/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Artist

    Hayashi Kodenji (1831-1915)
  • Description

    Bottle (a) with wooden stand (b), one of a pair with F1996.5.2a-b, both contained in a wooden box with lid (F1996.5.3a-b).
    The decoration of these two small, four-sided cloisonne bottles shows that they were designed to be a pair, not simply "paired" by a dealer or customer to suit Western (Chinese-influenced) taste. Each bottle depicts a group of realistically drawn hybrid chrysanthemums (the sort grown for display in autumn botanical exhibits), decoratively varied in petal form and color (white, lavender, deep red, yellow, and pale orange). While the flower groupings are similar, they are intentionally not identical; placed side by side, the two bottles create a single panoramic scene.The flowers as well as the bands of geometric cloisons, and a plain, deep blue ground further sets off the distinctive grayed hues. Presumably the design for these bottles was supplied by a professional painter, following the practice of most cloisonne workshops.
  • Inscriptions

    1. (Louise A. Cort, 14 March 1996) Maker's mark on base of both bottles shows a diamond enclosing a stylized depiction of the character ko.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Arts of Japan (July 14, 2012 to January 13, 2013)
    Seasons: Arts of Japan (February 5, 2011 to January 13, 2013)
    Japanese Art of the Meiji Era (September 20, 1997 to April 26, 1998)
  • Origin

    Nagoya, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Emma Shelton in memory of T.T. Alexander, D.D.
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