Plaque with design of scholar

citation

Light gray clay. Underglaze cobalt painted decoration of scholar in bamboo grove gazing over water toward Mount Fuji as attendant prepares tea. Signature, “Ryokichi” [followed by illegible character], on back. Glassy white feldspathic glaze, coarsely crackled and flecked with brown iron spots, oxidizing orange where glaze is thin on base. Thirteen round spur marks on back.

Maker(s)
Artist: Inoue Ryokichi
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1840-1857
Medium
Stoneware with cobalt pigment under Shino-type glaze
Style
Seto ware
Dimensions
H x W: 35.8 x 29.1 cm (14 1/8 x 11 7/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Seto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1895.4
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Furniture and Furnishing
Type

Plaque

Keywords
bamboo, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, sage, scholar, Seto ware, stoneware, tea
Provenance

To 1895
Rufus E. Moore, New York to 1895 [1]

From 1895 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Rufus E. Moore in 1895 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 285, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Rufus E. Moore (C.L. Freer source) 1840 - 1918
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Light gray clay. Underglaze cobalt painted decoration of scholar in bamboo grove gazing over water toward Mount Fuji as attendant prepares tea. Signature, "Ryokichi" [followed by illegible character], on back. Glassy white feldspathic glaze, coarsely crackled and flecked with brown iron spots, oxidizing orange where glaze is thin on base. Thirteen round spur marks on back.

Inscription(s)

Signature, "Ryokichi" [followed by illegible character], on back.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 124, p. 216.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum