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    Sale 7553

    The Bob Moore Collection of Japanese Art and Design

    5 - 7 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 82

    A set of ten dishes

    OGATA KENZAN (1663-1743)

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    A set of ten dishes
    Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743)
    The shallow dishes each decorated in various blue, cream, iron brown, grey, blue-grey and green glazes with various designs including grasses, pine trees and bamboo leaves
    Each approximately 11.5cm. diam. (10)


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    The above hand-made dishes, made of a course, iron-rich clay, are known as kawarake. They are decorated with Korin-style patterns, each with a different motif - a concept known as egawari. The notion of irregular sets was known since the fourteenth century, when it was praised by Yoshida Kenko in his essay tsurezuregusa (Essays in Idleness).

    For similar sets see The Gotoh Museum, Ceramics of Kenzan (1663-1743) The Gotoh Museum 1987, (Tokyo 1987), pl.104-2, 104-3, 104-4, p.83

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