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Vase depicting a ship in a stormy sea
Artist/makerNamikawa Sōsuke (1847 - 1910) (potter)Hōen (active c. 1880s)
Material and technique
porcelain, thrown, with polychrome overglaze enamels
Dimensions37.3 cm (height)
21 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Purchased with the assistance of the Story Fund, 1999.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 36 | Japan from 1850
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Porcelain vase with enamelled depiction of a ship in difficulties in a violent thunderstorm. Signed on base in iron red: Dai Nihon Tōkyō Namikawa sei; Hōen ga (Great Japan Tōkyō, made by Namikawa; painted by Hōen).
Namikawa Sōsuke had moved the Shippō Kaisha factory from Nagoya to Tōkyō when he took it over in 1880, continuing to make cloisonné enamel, but he also seems to have had other factories, or at least acted as agent for other factories making cloisonné on a porcelain body and porcelain itself. Very few examples of porcelain signed by this factory (or these factories) have been identified. The painter is identified as Hōen (not Nishiyama Hōen), but is otherwise unknown.
In: Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)
Glossary of terms
Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.
Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), no. 17 on p. 38, illus. pp. 38-39