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Oribe Styled Dish

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1991M44
Collection:Applied Art - Asian
Date:1814 - 1840

Maker Information

Artist:Kato Shuntai - View biography for Kato Shuntai


Much of the pottery produced in the Ofuke kilns resembles and honours traditional Oribe ware, named after the tea master Furuta Oribe-no-Sho Shigenari, who lived in the Tensho period (1573-91). Oribe ware looked to textiles for its random decorative qualities and exploited the use of a copper-green glaze.
Shuntai was the last of the Kato family of potters working at the Ofuke kilns near Nagoya. although he managed the workshop between 1830 and 1840, some misdemeanour resulted in his dismissal, after which he set up a kiln at Imao. He was pardoned in 1855 and returned to Nagoya. His repertoire of skills included accomplished emulation of historical ceramic masterpieces.

Presented by Robin Valk Esq. in memory of his late mother, Mrs. Diana Valk.

Further Information

Production Period:Edo Period (1600-1868)
Medium:Stoneware, Ofukeware.
Place of Origin:Ofuke, Japan


Height:6.0 cm
Width:25.5 cm