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Kenzan style tea bowl with design of mountain retreat

Tea bowl
Artist: Style of Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743), Kyoto workshop
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, late 19th century
Stoneware with iron pigment under opaque glaze
H x W x D: 4.8 x 13 x 13 cm (1 7/8 x 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in)
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Shallow tea-bowl with landscape design.
Clay: Stoneware. Hard, dense, grayish. Hand carved. Five spur marks in foot.
Glaze: white over fawn, crackled. Thickly pitted.
Decoration: in black, under glaze. Buildings in landscape.

Shisui shinsei saku (?), made by Shisui Shinsei [Kenzan])

Seal-mark; "Shoko" (?), painted

To 1896
Rufus E. Moore, New York to 1896 [1]

From 1896 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Rufus E. Moore in 1896 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 385, 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.

Former owner
Rufus E. Moore (C.L. Freer source) (1840 - 1918)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
Japan, landscape, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), mountain, stoneware, tea
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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