A splendid Japanese Ogata Kenzan plate, signed at the side Kenzan, after the master potter Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743). The piece bears the maker’s and/or artist’s signature with “Made in Japan” at the base. It is hand thrown with a hand painted botanic decoration executed in vibrant yellow, orange, blue and green with deep brown outlines and rims, over a thick cream colored glaze, with all-over crazing. This type of pottery was sold through the AA Vantine’s catalog of the period.
"Flowers and grasses that resonate with the imagery of classical Japanese poetry—plum, bamboo, chrysanthemum, pampas grass, bush clover, camellia, and iris—are the common denominator of Kenzan-ware decoration. The painting manner is marked by flatness, frontality—great abbreviation. This approach is associated with the painting mode called Rimpa, a school linked to Kenzan's older brother Korin. Kenzan ware harmonized Rimpa design elements with clay, slip, and pigments to create simple but eye-catching arrangements that departed from the more ornate schemes in other contemporary ceramics. The "Kenzan mode" was consolidated at the downtown Chojiyamachi kiln, where it suited the busy workshop's repertory of standardized shapes. This mode formed the basis for mass-produced Kenzan wares over the years." (The Smithsonian)
Measures 5.5" X 1"
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