Side-handled teapot with design of autumn grasses

Maker(s)
Artist: Miura Ken'ya (1821-1889)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, late 19th century
Medium
Buff clay with iron glaze and iron pigment under transparent lead glaze
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 6.9 x 15.1 x 15.7 cm (2 11/16 x 5 15/16 x 6 3/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Tokyo
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1904.429.1a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Teapot (kyusu)

Keywords
autumn, grass, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), tea
Provenance

To 1904
Kosa Honma (1842-1909), to 1904 [1]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Kosa Honma in 1904 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 131, 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)

Honma Kosa (C.L. Freer source) 1842 - 1909
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

The painted decoration of bush clover and pampas grass, both of which are included among a poetic "seven grasses of autumn," provides seasonal nuance. It could be argued that the curving contour of the reserved white surface suggests the full moon, in which case the theme would be Musashino, a plain in the western Kanto region. This was a reedy hinterland in the poetic imagination, but irreverent critics maintain that it was reallly a mixed hardwood forest managed by locals as a charcoal supply.

Published References
  • Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 60, p. 144.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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