Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1730-1770
Medium
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear colorless glaze
Style
Arita ware
Dimensions
H x W: 5.4 x 30.7 cm (2 1/8 x 12 1/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1975.8
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Dish

Keywords
Arita ware, bamboo, cobalt pigment, Edo period (1615 - 1868), flower, Japan, pine tree, porcelain, reign mark, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1974
Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. [1]

From 1974
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. [2]

Notes:

[1] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein

Label

Distinctively Chinese motifs appear on this carefully painted dish.  The "Three Friends"--pine, plum, and bamboo--appear in a landscape setting around the cavetto; a band of waves frames the center of the dish containing a symmetrically organized garland of poppy flowers and leaves.  On the base is a six-character copy of a Chinese Ming dynasty reign mark of the Ch'eng-hua era (1465-1487).

Published References
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 69, p. 90.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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