Kenzan style tea bowl with design of mountain retreat

Shallow tea-bowl with landscape design.
Clay: Stoneware. Hard, dense, grayish. Hand carved. Five spur marks in foot.
Glaze: white over fawn, crackled. Thickly pitted.
Decoration: in black, under glaze. Buildings in landscape.

Maker(s)
Artist: Style of Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743) Kyoto workshop
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, late 19th century
Medium
Stoneware with iron pigment under opaque glaze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 4.8 x 13 x 13 cm (1 7/8 x 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in)
Geography
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1896.97
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea bowl

Keywords
Japan, landscape, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), mountain, stoneware, tea
Provenance

To 1896
Rufus E. Moore, New York to 1896 [1]

From 1896 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Rufus E. Moore in 1896 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 385, 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)

Rufus E. Moore (C.L. Freer source) 1840 - 1918
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919

Description

Shallow tea-bowl with landscape design.
Clay: Stoneware. Hard, dense, grayish. Hand carved. Five spur marks in foot.
Glaze: white over fawn, crackled. Thickly pitted.
Decoration: in black, under glaze. Buildings in landscape.

Marking(s)

Seal-mark; "Shoko" (?), painted

Published References
  • Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. p. 70, fig. 9.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum