Oribe-style incense container with design of kudzu

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Carse, buff clay. Underglaze iron painted decoration of kuzu vine and stripes. Clear glaze, coarsely and irregularly crackled, over white slip; splashes of copper-green. Base unglazed. Signature, “Kenzan,” in iron pigment on biscuit on reverse of lid.

Maker(s)
Artist: Style of Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743) Kyoto workshop, Kenzan style
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1740-1760
Medium
Buff clay with white slip, iron and copper pigments under transparent glaze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 3.5 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm (1 3/8 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in)
Geography
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1900.70a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Container
Type

Incense box (kogo)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), incense, Japan
Provenance

Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900), Kyoto [1]

To 1900
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1900 [2]

From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1900 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Remark 4, C.L. Freer, 1914, in the object record: "From an excellent collection (Ikeda)." See also, Curatorial Remark 1 and Curatorial Remark 7, L.A. Cort, 1987, in the object record."

[2] See Original Pottery List, L. 767, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] 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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Ikeda Seisuke 1839 - 1900
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940

Description

Carse, buff clay. Underglaze iron painted decoration of kuzu vine and stripes. Clear glaze, coarsely and irregularly crackled, over white slip; splashes of copper-green. Base unglazed. Signature, "Kenzan," in iron pigment on biscuit on reverse of lid.

Published References
  • Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. p. 120, fig. 44.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 122, p. 212.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum