Maker(s)
Artist: Miyagawa Kozan (1842-1916)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, ca. 1893-1899
Medium
Porcelain with copper-tinted glaze; cobalt pigment under clear glaze on base
Dimensions
H x W x D: 8.9 x 10.2 x 10.2 cm (3 1/2 x 4 x 4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Bequest of Isabel S. Kurtz
Accession Number
F1991.39
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Vase

Keywords
cobalt pigment, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), porcelain, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To ?
Charles M. Kurtz (1855-1909). [1]

To 1991
Isabel S. Kurtz (1901-1991). [2]

From 1991
Freer Gallery of Art, bequest of Isabel S. Kurtz (1901-1991). [3]

Notes:

[1] Ms. Isabel Kurtz bequeathed the group of Asian ceramics, F1991.19-.44, to the Freer Gallery of Art. These objects had been collected by her father, Charles M. Kurtz, who was a friend of Charles Freer. Also see Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s)

Isabel S. Kurtz 1901 - 1991
Charles M. Kurtz 1855 - 1909

Label

Kozan won prizes at all the major international fairs beginning with Vienna in 1873. His experiments with formulated glazes such as this one began in the early 1880s; by the 1893 Chicago exposition they had become his trademark.

This vase was part of a collection formed by Charles M. Kurtz (1855-1909), during the period when he served as assistant art director for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and art director for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Centennial International Exposition in St. Louis. Kurtz's collecting focused on porcelain with highly colored glazed. Along with these pieces by prominent Japanese potters, Kurtz acquired vases of similar shapes and colors from American and European factories. Kurtz's collection, representative of a broad popular interest in Japanese art in the late nineteenth century, also reflects the growing internationalism in the decoration of ceramics resulting from rapid exchange of information and technology facilitated by the international fairs.

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

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