AN EARTHENWARE DISH WITH LANDSCAPE
AN EARTHENWARE DISH WITH LANDSCAPE
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AN EARTHENWARE DISH WITH LANDSCAPE

KENZAN WARE, EDO PERIOD (18TH CENTURY), SIGNED FUYO KENZAN (OGATA KENZAN; 1663-1743)

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AN EARTHENWARE DISH WITH LANDSCAPE
KENZAN WARE, EDO PERIOD (18TH CENTURY), SIGNED FUYO KENZAN (OGATA KENZAN; 1663-1743)
The circular dish set on a ring foot, painted in underglazed iron-oxide and enamels with a winter landscape, the outer rim designed with roundels of stylized birds, all covered with a transparent glaze, signature on base
10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm.) diam.

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In 1712, Kenzan closed his kiln in the secluded outskirts of Kyoto--his earlier client base may have dried up--and moved to the thriving, downtown commercial area west of Teramachi on Nijo Street, the major business thoroughfare. Here, in the center of the city, he was supported by newly wealthy townsmen. In 1711, his brother, Korin, the painter, moved to a location a few blocks away. The two brothers--both celebrity artists--collaborated on ceramics. In this convenient downtown area, known as Nijo-Chojiyamachi, Kenzan maintained a highly successful ceramics business using rented kiln spaces. Contemporary sources list Kenzan wares among the prominent Kyoto products of the second decade of the eighteenth century.
There is one similar example with a design of mountain landscape and unglazed foot rim, see Arakawa Masaaki, eds., Art of Kenzan and His Brother Korin, pl. 47.

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