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Bowl with pine branch

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earthenware, slip, underglaze painting

  • earthenware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.

  • slip

    A semi-fluid clay applied to a ceramic before glazing either to coat the surface or for decorative effect.

  • underglaze painting

    Painting applied to ceramic material before a transparent, or monochrome or coloured glaze for Islamic objects, is applied. The technique was initially developed in China.


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  • Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912 by Oliver Impey and Joyce Seaman

    Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period

    Pottery bowl, the edge partly waved and pierced, decorated with underglaze blue and brown and slip with a pine branch. The exterior similar. In the manner of Dōhachi. Signed: Kōzan.

    After the death of Kōzan I, Hanzan, by then Kōzan II, went through a period of the making of wares for Japanese use, usually related to the tea ceremony, in the manner of Nin'ami Dōhachi (1783-1855), a remote follower of Nonomura Ninsei (c. 1574-1660/6), using broad calligraphic style decoration on asymmetric shapes, and slip decoration.

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