Covered box


Artist: Inoue Shōhei 井上松坪 (1831 - 1895)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, ca. 1893-1895
Porcelain with opaque green glaze; cobalt pigment under clear glaze on base
H x W: 3.2 x 7.3 cm (1 1/4 x 2 7/8 in)
Japan, Kyoto
Credit Line
Bequest of Isabel S. Kurtz
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Container


cobalt pigment, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), porcelain, WWII-era 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]


[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


Shohei was one of numerous potters from the town of Seto who moved to Kyoto in the Meiji era to try their luck in the booming export market. His successful workshop specialized in porcelain with monochrome glazes.

This box 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
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Rights Statement

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