Octagonal molded serving dish

Octagonal molded serving dish (kobachi) with floral design.

Clay: dense buff stoneware, darkened on surface. Vessel formed in press-mold. Interior surface uneven from pressure of artisan’s fingers.

Glaze: transparent, thick, crackled, gray-green on exterior of dish with irregularities in color (dabs of white slip under glaze?), reddish on interior (applied over thin iron wash?). Rim and inside wall near rim unglazed (possibly indicating that dish originally had matching lid). Footrim unglazed.

Decoration: inside, in underglaze cobalt and iron, sprays of abstract leaves and tendrils. Outside, in underglaze iron, large-scale keyfret border just below rim.

Mark: none

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Historical period(s)
Edo period, 18th-19th century
Medium
Glazed stoneware clay, slip, cobalt and iron pigments
Style
Kyoto ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 5.1 x 14.9 x 17.4 cm (2 x 5 7/8 x 6 7/8 in)
Geography
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Okochi Sadao
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
F1988.13a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Serving dish (kobachi)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), flower, Japan, Kyoto ware, stoneware
Provenance

To 1988
Okochi Sadao, Nagoya, Japan, to 1988

From 1988
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Okochi Sadao in 1988

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Okochi Sadao

Description

Octagonal molded serving dish (kobachi) with floral design.

Clay: dense buff stoneware, darkened on surface. Vessel formed in press-mold. Interior surface uneven from pressure of artisan's fingers.

Glaze: transparent, thick, crackled, gray-green on exterior of dish with irregularities in color (dabs of white slip under glaze?), reddish on interior (applied over thin iron wash?). Rim and inside wall near rim unglazed (possibly indicating that dish originally had matching lid). Footrim unglazed.

Decoration: inside, in underglaze cobalt and iron, sprays of abstract leaves and tendrils. Outside, in underglaze iron, large-scale keyfret border just below rim.

Mark: none

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