Rusticity Refined: Kyoto Ceramics by Ninsei

March 19, 2005 – October 23, 2005

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Gallery 6A Floor Plan

During the 1600s, Japanese tastes in ceramics shifted away from the large-scaled, thick-walled sculptural works of the Momoyama period (1568-1615) toward a more elegant and refined form of porcelain. This small exhibition of 13 objects -- 12 ceramics and 1 scroll --compares 5 objects by the famed Kyoto potter Nonomura Ninsei (active circa 1646-1677) that embody the new asethetic form of porcelains with prototypes of the Momoyama period produced 40-50 years before he opened his Omuro pottery workshop in Kyoto. Works on view include: a rustic Takatori ware vase, a Satsuma ware tea caddy, a 17th-century cylindrical vase in the shape of a "traveling pillow," an Agano ware tea bowl, and 2 lustrous black tea bowls. Ceramics by Ninsei include: tea-ceremony jar, a rounded tea-leaf storage jar, and 2 tea-ceremony rinse-water bowls.