Kenzan style tea bowl with design of crane and flowing water

Tea bowl with design of crane and flowing water.
Clay: soft, Raku-like.
Glaze: luminous yellow-pink; crackled. Lead glaze.
Decoration: in cream and black overglazes, in relief. Crane and flowing water.

Maker(s)
Artist: Imitation of Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743) Kyoto workshop
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, late 19th century
Medium
Red clay; white slip, iron pigment under clear lead glaze.
Style
Raku ware, unknown workshop
Dimensions
H x W: 8 x 13.5 cm (3 1/8 x 5 5/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1896.100
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea bowl

Keywords
crane, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), Raku ware, tea, water
Provenance

To 1896
Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1896 [1]

From 1896 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1896 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 694, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919

Description

Tea bowl with design of crane and flowing water.
Clay: soft, Raku-like.
Glaze: luminous yellow-pink; crackled. Lead glaze.
Decoration: in cream and black overglazes, in relief. Crane and flowing water.

Published References
  • Ceramics of Kenzan (1663-1743). Exh. cat. Tokyo. p. 136.
  • Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. p. 168, fig. 78.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum