Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts 古美術 柳, Kyoto, Japan method of acquisition unknown 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts 
 See letter from Harold P. Stern, Director of the Freer Gallery of Art to Mr. Takashi Yanagi 柳孝 on Nawate Street in Kyoto, Japan. In the letter, Stern thanks Yanagi for hosting him at his gallery, Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts, where he saw this ceramic ware and several other objects. In July 1972, Yanagi shipped the object via Japan Aircargo Consolidators to Washington D.C., allowing the Freer Gallery of Art to inspect the ware for purchase. Yanagi Takashi (d.2021) was a preeminent dealer of Japanese wares and owned Yanagi Fine Arts.
 See letter from Yanagi Takashi, August 28, 1973, original in accession file. In the letter, Takashi confirms receipt of payment.
Research completed November 2, 2022.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
Takashi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts
Dish; rim indented in five places; low square-cut foot; wheel-thrown; unusually large size for this ware; four gold lacquer repairs on rim.
Clay: cream-buff stoneware.
Glaze: (1) transparent, feldspathic, slightly rough matte surface; uneven, some areas of crackle; scars and inclusions. (2) three large areas of glossier copper green, pooling and mottling in uneven thickness.
Decoration: painted in underglaze iron brown in design of bamboo and bamboo sprouts above five-petalled blossoms in hexagonal diaper pattern, simple foliate scroll on rim, except in parts under green glaze. Three irregular patches of green glaze extending from rim edge towards center.
Accessories: wooden storage box.
The craftsman who decorated this dish began by ladling three scoops of copper-green glaze over the surface, creating somewhat randomly the area to be filled with painted decoration. The decoration combines naturalistic bamboo plants—including abundant bamboo shoots, a
delicacy of early spring in Japanese cuisine—and geometric patterns. Dishes of this large size were used to serve food at banquets.
- Published References
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- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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