Vase, possibly glazed by Charles M. Kurtz

Classic “arrow-vase” (peach-shaped) with long, cylindrical neck and bulbous body resting on applied foot trimmed to create footring.

Clay: Porcelain; footrim chipped and slightly darkened on surface by use.

Glaze: Interior and exterior covered with purple (manganese) lead-fluxed glaze which produced translucency and a high sheen. The glaze is thinner around the mouth and upper neck and darker at the base where it has pooled around the foot. Colorless glaze applied to foot and rim (slightly under fired). Purple glaze on foot is accidental.

Decoration: none

Mark: none

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Historical period(s)
Meiji era, late 19th century
Medium
Porcelain with purple (manganese) enamel glaze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 21 x 9.2 x 9.2 cm (8 1/4 x 3 5/8 x 3 5/8 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Bequest of Isabel S. Kurtz
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
F1991.26
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 1 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

Classic "arrow-vase" (peach-shaped) with long, cylindrical neck and bulbous body resting on applied foot trimmed to create footring.

Clay: Porcelain; footrim chipped and slightly darkened on surface by use.

Glaze: Interior and exterior covered with purple (manganese) lead-fluxed glaze which produced translucency and a high sheen. The glaze is thinner around the mouth and upper neck and darker at the base where it has pooled around the foot. Colorless glaze applied to foot and rim (slightly under fired). Purple glaze on foot is accidental.

Decoration: none

Mark: none

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