Jar

This bottle was formed in a mold as a rectangular vessel with strongly defined neck and foot. It is glazed with pale, cobalt-tinted blue-gray glaze except at the neck and foot, which are finished with brown iron glaze. On both wide sides a similar circular floral motif (probably an orchid) is painted freely with darker blue cobalt, iron, and copper (oxidized to red).

Maker(s)
Artist: Kawai Kanjiro 河井寛次郎 (1890-1966)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, circa 1938-1943
Medium
Stoneware with cobalt, copper, and iron pigments; blue and brown glazes
Dimensions
H x W x D: 22.1 x 15.1 x 10.4 cm (8 11/16 x 5 15/16 x 4 1/8 in)
Geography
Japan, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Aileen Aderton
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1994.17
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar

Keywords
flower, Japan, Showa era (1926 - 1989), stoneware, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

This bottle was formed in a mold as a rectangular vessel with strongly defined neck and foot. It is glazed with pale, cobalt-tinted blue-gray glaze except at the neck and foot, which are finished with brown iron glaze. On both wide sides a similar circular floral motif (probably an orchid) is painted freely with darker blue cobalt, iron, and copper (oxidized to red).

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Twentieth-century Asian Crafts in the Sackler Gallery. vol. XLIII no. 3. p. 21, fig. 8.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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