Description This vase was made at the Kairakuen kiln which was the "garden kiln" sponsored by the Kii branch of the Tokugawa house, in Kii province. Like the Rakurakuen kiln, it operated irregularly (firing just four times between 1819 and 1836), drawing upon the services of potters from various Kyoto workshops. Kairakuen products reflect a marked revival of interest in Chinese ceramics in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This vase, with its restrained shape and overall turquoise enamel glaze, follows Qing [Ch'ing] dynasty ceramic models. The design of the four-character mark, "Made at Kairakuen," imitates enamel four-character seals appearing on Qing [Ch'ing] imperial wares.
- Centennial Exhibition Philadelphia. Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, Philadelphia. 1876.
Provenance Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1876; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1876, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Seal] Kairakuen sei; [Translation] Made at Kairakuen
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1876
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