- Museum number
Ewer. Decorated with pine-fronds and water-wheels in underglaze iron oxide. Made of stoneware with a feldspathic glaze covering the designs, which has purposeful finger-marks on the body. Ofuke ware. Stamped. There is a red-paper seal with
- Production date
- 1840 (ca.)
Height: 25.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Smith et al 1990
This fine piece gives the lie to the opinion that Shino-style pottery was of merit only in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries: it is made in the artificially preserved manner of the Kato family, who had moved to Ofuke (near Seto) in the seventeenth century. The potter vigorously exploits the contrast between the iron-brown colour assumed by the cobalt blue when uncovered by the milky-white glaze, and the soft grey-blue it bakes to when protected by the glaze. There is a similar contrast between the glaze and the rich rusty-red of the unglazed body. Because Shuntai has brushed his glazing mixture on to the body, he has achieved this natural effect with some artfulness.
The motifs are pine-fronds, and on the other side water-wheels, both handled with freedom and an unerring sense of placing.
Hayashi, T, Nakamura, M, and Hayashiya, S, 'Japanese Art and the Tea Ceremony', Heibonsha Survey of Japanese Art 15, Tokyo, 1974.
Jenyns, Soame, 'Japanese Pottery', London, 1971, pl. 57b.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Given by R. S. Jenyns to mark the centenary of the birth of R. L. Hobson, CB.
- Registration number