Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900), Kyoto 
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1900 
From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1900 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 According to Curatorial Remark 6, an Envelope File note, H.E. Buckman, 1964, in the object record, which states: "Formerly in Ikeda collection." See also, Curatorial Remark 1 and Curatorial Remark 7, L.A. Cort, March 1992, in the object record.
 See Original Pottery List, L. 769, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 2.
 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) and Custodian(s)
Ikeda Seisuke 1839-1900
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940
With its design of crane and chrysanthemums, this shallow box is a miniature painting made to adorn the desk or reception room of a wealthy patron. The ground design simulates the decorated paper favored for painting or calligraphy, but using a potter's materials-gold enamel (gold power mixed with borax and animal-hide glue) and cobalt-blue pigment. The sumptuous streaked decoration continues on the inside of the box.
- Published References
- Richard L. Wilson, Ogasawara Saeko. Kenzanyaki Nyumon [Introduction to Kenzan Ceramics]. Tokyo. pl. 4.
- Richard L. Wilson. The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Exh. cat. Washington. p. 86, fig. 18.
- Louise Allison Cort. The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics. Watertown, Massachusetts, Autumn 2002. p. 166.
- Hugo Munsterberg. The Ceramic Art of Japan: A Handbook for Collectors., 1st ed. Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo. p. 204, pl. 135.
- Miho Museum. Kenzan: A World of Quietly Refined Elegance. Exh. cat. Shiga. p. 240.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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