Arita ware oval bowl in Kakiemon style, used as tea ceremony water jar

Historical period(s)
Meiji or Taisho era, 1868-1925
Porcelain clay with enamels over colorless glaze; lacquered wooden lid
Arita ware, Kakiemon style
H x W x D: 8.9 x 15 x 19.3 cm (3 1/2 x 5 7/8 x 7 5/8 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, possibly Mikawachi
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea ceremony water jar (mizusashi) or incense burner (koro)

Arita ware, flower, incense, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), phoenix, plum blossom, porcelain, Taisho era (1912 - 1926), tea, water, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

The oval form of this slip-cast bowl is a modern addition to the repertory of wheel-thrown shapes made in workshops in Arita since the late seventeenth century and decorated in the Kakiemon style. In that style, named after one of the major workshops in Arita, strong red iron-oxide pigment highlights the palette of clear enamels used to execute sparse motifs, whose small scale emphasizes the milky white of the porcelain clay. On this piece the motif is a rose bush growing against a fence.

Published References
  • Sadajiro Yamanaka. Kutani, Nabeshima, Kakiemon Meihinshu [Selected Japanese Ceramics of Kutani, Nabeshima, and Kakiemon]. Osaka. pl. 86.
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 64.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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