Vase

Inverted pyriform (pear-shaped) vase with everted lip, thin rim and trumpet-shaped neck. Flared base extends over raised foot trimmed to create footring.

Clay: Porcelain; footrim darkened on surface by use.

Glaze: Red (copper) pigment applied to lip, rim and upper neck under a light blue-green glaze. Red pigment on neck crazed during firing. Specks of red glaze appear through glaze on exterior body. At the waist and shoulders glaze has a pitted, “orange-peel” texture due to traces of minute bubbles in the glaze which burst at high temperatures during firing. Blue-green glaze also applied to interior and foot. Unglazed footrim.

Decoration: Red color, concentrated primarily on the bottle rim and upper neck, contrasts with the blue-green glaze.

Paper labels: “CMK 8” and “*/[triangle].”

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Historical period(s)
Meiji era, ca. 1893-1899
Medium
Porcelain with pale blue-green glaze appearing copper-red at rim and foot
Dimensions
H x W x D: 18.1 x 9.7 x 9.7 cm (7 1/8 x 3 13/16 x 3 13/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Bequest of Isabel S. Kurtz
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
F1991.24
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Vase

Keywords
Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), porcelain
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]

Notes:

[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 2 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) and Custodian(s)

Charles M. Kurtz 1855-1909
Isabel S. Kurtz 1901-1991

Description

Inverted pyriform (pear-shaped) vase with everted lip, thin rim and trumpet-shaped neck. Flared base extends over raised foot trimmed to create footring.

Clay: Porcelain; footrim darkened on surface by use.

Glaze: Red (copper) pigment applied to lip, rim and upper neck under a light blue-green glaze. Red pigment on neck crazed during firing. Specks of red glaze appear through glaze on exterior body. At the waist and shoulders glaze has a pitted, "orange-peel" texture due to traces of minute bubbles in the glaze which burst at high temperatures during firing. Blue-green glaze also applied to interior and foot. Unglazed footrim.

Decoration: Red color, concentrated primarily on the bottle rim and upper neck, contrasts with the blue-green glaze.

Paper labels: "CMK 8" and "*/[triangle]."

Marking(s)

Paper labels: "CMK 8" and "*/[triangle]."

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