Japanese, Seto - Freshwater Jar (Mizu-sashi) with Lid, 19th century

Japanese, Seto

Freshwater Jar (Mizu-sashi) with Lid, 19th century

Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze; lacquered lid, 13.8 x 12.4 x 12.4 cm (5 7/16 x 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 in.) overall

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Accession number

CR34n6.a-b

Provenance

Gift from Okakura Kakuzo (1862-1913), Japanese art historian and philosopher, to Isabella Stewart Gardner, 11 September 1905.

Bibliography

William Thrasher and Caroline Graboys. "The Beginnings of Chanoyu in America." Chanoyu Quarterly (1984), pp. 20, 22, 24-25, 28, ill. (as Japanese, Imari)
Sunao Nakamura (ed.). Okakura Kakuzo: Collected English Writings, III (Tokyo, 1984), pp. 61-63, 58-59.
Victoria Weston. East Meets West: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Okakura Kakuzo. Exploring Treasures in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum V. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 1992), p. 28.
Rebecca G. Breslow. "Humanity in a Tea-cup: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Okakura Kakuzo" in Chanoyu Quarterly: Tea and the Arts of Japan, No. 85 (1996), pp. 51-53.
Alan Chong et al. (eds.) Eye of the Beholder: Masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 2003), pp. 176-77.
Louise Allison Cort. "Mrs. Gardner's 'Set of Tea-Things.' A Vehicle for Friendship, Power, & Aesthetic Instruction" in Alan Chong and Noriko Murai. Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2009), pp. 385-86, 389-90, fig 5 (as Japanese, Seto, dated 19th century)


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Commentary

This jar was made at a porcelain workshop in Seto. The decoration imitates the Chinese porcelain style know as Shonzui, introduced to Japan in the seventeenth century.

Source: Louise Allison Cort, "Mrs. Gardner's 'Set of Tea-Things,'" A Vehicle for Friendship, Power, and Aesthetic Instruction," in Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia, edited by Alan Chong and Noriko Murai (Boston: ISGM and Gutenberg Periscope, 2009): 390.

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