Bowl with design of clematis

Artist: Yoshita Minori (Japan, born 1932)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1992
Porcelain with gold leaf over yellow and green glazes, under colorless glaze
H x W x D: 10.5 x 52.7 x 52.7 cm (4 1/8 x 20 3/4 x 20 3/4 in)
Japan, Ishikawa prefecture, Komatsu
Credit Line
Gift of the Japan Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


flower, Heisei era (1989 - present), Japan, porcelain
Provenance research underway.

Gold-leaf cutouts suspended between layers of transparent glaze appeared in the 1950s as a new form of decoration on Japanese porcelain. The Japanese government designated Yoshida Minori a Living National Treasure for his mastery of this demanding technique. For this bowl, the artist applied the floral design over radiating bands of green and yellow enamels, using thick gold leaf for the flowers and thin gold leaf for the foliage.

Published References
  • America's Smithsonian: Celebrating 150 Years. Washington, 1996. p. 95.
Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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