Set of six dishes

Artist: Kitaoji Rosanjin 北大路 魯山人 (1883-1959)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, 1926-1942
Porcelain with copper-red and cobalt pigments under clear glaze
H x Diam: 3.5 x 20 cm (1 3/8 x 7 7/8 in) each
Japan, Kanagawa prefecture, Kita Kamakura
Credit Line
Gift of Victor and Takako Hauge
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Dish (sara)

cobalt pigment, Hauge collection, Japan, porcelain, Showa era (1926 - 1989)

From 1972 to 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hauge [1]

From 2010
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hauge in 2010


[1] Curatorial notes: Purchased by Taka Hauge at a silent auction at the Tokyo Bijutsu Club in 1972.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Victor and Takako Hauge (1919-2013, 1923-2015)


Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883–1959)—calligrapher, gourmand, cultural impresario—began designing ceramics in order to provide tableware that met his standards for the restaurant “Hoshigaoka” that he ran in Tokyo. He conducted his earliest collaboration with two porcelain potters from Ishikawa prefecture, adding his own decoration to the shapes they threw, glazed and fired for him. These six rare early porcelain dishes marked with the Hoshigaoka star-shaped insignia bear swift, simple decoration painted in copper-red pigment beneath a silky glaze. The idea of using volatile copper with its tendency to turn gray—here anticipated to advantage—could have come from Chinese Yuan or Korean Joseon porcelain.

Published References
  • Sydney B. Cardozo. Rosanjin, 20th Century Master Potter of Japan. Exh. cat. New York, Winter 1972. cat. 125, p. 86.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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