A Set of Five Stoneware Dishes for the Tea Ceremony (Mukozuke)
A Set of Five Stoneware Dishes for the Tea Ceremony (Mukozuke)

EDO PERIOD (18TH-19TH CENTURY)

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A Set of Five Stoneware Dishes for the Tea Ceremony (Mukozuke)
Edo Period (18th-19th Century)
Constructed as double-square dishes in the shape of overlapping square poem cards (kasane shikishi) in the style of Ogata Kenzan with a poem in one square opposite a landscape, a pavillion, a waterfall, a willow tree, flowering camellia, or a flowering plum branch on the other in iron-oxide under a transparent, crackled glaze, each inscribed Kenzan Sei sho and with red seal
7in. (17.8cm.) (5)
Exhibited
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1998.8.3--1999.7.28

Lot Essay

This set of dishes may be associated with Kenzan's grandson, Ihachi, who worked in Kenzan style during the period 1720-50. For a comparable example in the Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem, see Richard Wilson, Ogata Kenzan: Persona and production in Japanese Ceramics (New York and Tokyo: Weatherhill, 1991), no. 339 (p. 245) and a discussion of Ihachi style on pp. 164-65.
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