Incense box or seal ink container with design of crane and chrysanthemums for the tenth month

Maker(s)
Artist: Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743) Narutaki workshop (active 1699-1712)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1699-1712
Medium
Stoneware with white slip, cobalt, and iron pigments under transparent glaze, and enamels over glaze
Dimensions
H x W: 3 x 11.7 cm (1 3/16 x 4 5/8 in)
Geography
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1900.72a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Container
Type

Incense box (kogo) or seal ink container

Keywords
crane, Edo period (1615 - 1868), incense, Japan
Provenance

Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900), Kyoto [1]

To 1900
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1900 [2]

From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1900 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Remark 6, an Envelope File note, H.E. Buckman, 1964, in the object record, which states: "Formerly in Ikeda collection." See also, Curatorial Remark 1 and Curatorial Remark 7, L.A. Cort, March 1992, in the object record.

[2] See Original Pottery List, L. 769, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] 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)

Ikeda Seisuke 1839-1900
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940

Label

With its design of crane and chrysanthemums, this shallow box is a miniature painting made to adorn the desk or reception room of a wealthy patron. The ground design simulates the decorated paper favored for painting or calligraphy, but using a potter's materials-gold enamel (gold power mixed with borax and animal-hide glue) and cobalt-blue pigment. The sumptuous streaked decoration continues on the inside of the box.

Published References
  • Richard L. Wilson, Ogasawara Saeko. Kenzanyaki Nyumon [Introduction to Kenzan Ceramics]. Tokyo. pl. 4.
  • Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. p. 86, fig. 18.
  • Louise Allison Cort. The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Watertown, Massachusetts, Autumn 2002. p. 166.
  • Hugo Munsterberg. The Ceramic Art of Japan: A Handbook for Collectors., 1st ed. Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo. p. 204, pl. 135.
  • Miho Museum. Kenzan: A World of Quietly Refined Elegance. Exh. cat. Shiga. p. 240.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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