Vase with design of lotus blossoms

The vessel has a broad shoulder which curves in to form a low slender waist before it flares out to form the foot; the rim rises slightly above the shoulder and turns outward. On the outer surface a green glaze was applied to create an image of white flowers against a green background. A seal, blue/black in color, is present on the bottom inside the foot.

Maker(s)
Artist: Miyagawa Kozan (1842-1916)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, ca. 1895-1903
Medium
Porcelain with chrome green and cobalt blue pigments
Dimensions
H x Diam: 13.4 × 14.5 cm (5 1/4 × 5 11/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Yokohama, Makuzu kiln
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Herbert C. Blunck
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection
Accession Number
FSC-P-4253
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Vase

Keywords
flower, Japan, lotus, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), porcelain
Provenance

From at least 1903 to ?
Jane Coles Morrison Edwards, acquired in Japan sometime between 1895 and 1903. [1]

To 1994
Mrs. Herbert C. Blunck, by gift or inheritance from her mother, Jane Coles Morrison Edwards. [2]

From 1994
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Mrs. Herbert C. Blunck. [3]

Notes:

[1] See Curatorial Remark 6 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note. See also object record.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Mrs. Herbert C. Blunck
Jane Coles Morrison Edwards

Description

The vessel has a broad shoulder which curves in to form a low slender waist before it flares out to form the foot; the rim rises slightly above the shoulder and turns outward. On the outer surface a green glaze was applied to create an image of white flowers against a green background. A seal, blue/black in color, is present on the bottom inside the foot.

Inscription(s)

The foot has an incised double ring enclosing Kozan's signature (Makuzu/Kozan sei) written in dark blue cobalt inside a square.

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