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At A Glance

  • Period

    circa 1938-1943
  • Geography

    Kyoto, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with cobalt, copper, and iron pigments; blue and brown glazes
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 22.1 x 15.1 x 10.4 cm (8 11/16 x 5 15/16 x 4 1/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Artist

    Kawai Kanjiro 河井寛次郎 (1890-1966)
  • Description

    This bottle was formed in a mold as a rectangular vessel with strongly defined neck and foot. It is glazed with pale, cobalt-tinted blue-gray glaze except at the neck and foot, which are finished with brown iron glaze. On both wide sides a similar circular floral motif (probably an orchid) is painted freely with darker blue cobalt, iron, and copper (oxidized to red).
  • Provenance

    From 1948-1949 to 1994
    Aileen Aderton, Mitchellville, Maryland, purchased from an unknown dealer in Kyoto in 1948-1949 [1]
    From 1994
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Aileen Aderton in 1994
    [1] Mrs. Aderton reported in a telephone conversation (August 16, 1994) that she purchased the jar from a dealer's shop in Kyoto when she was living there from February 1948 to August 1949 as an education officer with the American Occupation.
    Subsequently she showed the jar to Kawai Kanjiro, who confirmed that it was his (according to Provenance Remark 1, L.A. Cort, December 6, 1994, in the object record).
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Aileen Aderton (1904-2005)
  • Origin

    Kyoto, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Aileen Aderton
  • Type

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