Candy pellet bottle in shape of eggplant

Maker(s)
Artist: Eiraku Hozen 永楽保全 (1795-1854)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1827-1843
Medium
Stoneware with gold leaf under enamel glazes; paper-covered stopper
Style
Kyoto ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7.7 x 6.8 x 6.8 cm (3 1/16 x 2 11/16 x 2 11/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1906.33a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bottle for candy pellets (furidashi)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), eggplant, enamel, Japan, Kyoto ware, stoneware
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

The Kyoto potter Eiraku Hozen was particularly inspired in his use of enamel glazes in clear tones of turquoise, green, yellow, and purple, in the manner of late Ming Chinese pottery from the Zhangzhou kilns in Fujian province that the Japanese called Kochi ware. Hozen's skill was sought by the Tokugawa clan of Kii province, for whom he established a kiln, and from whom he received a set of gold and silver seals with which to mark his work. This charming small vessel substitutes a vegetal shape for the usual ceramic one. The eggplant leaves are rendered in gold leaf under a veil of translucent red lacquer. Hozen pioneered the use of this continental technique in Japan.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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