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Incense burner: C.161 & A-1934

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Ogata, Kenzan (1663-1743) (Potter)


Slab-built stoneware incense burner of square section with four cut-outs at base, and round aperture at top with a gallery. Decorated with chrysanthemums in blue and gold on the lower half, brown flower patterns on the upper half, chrysanthemums in brown and red on the upper four corners, and plants in green and gold on the top, all on a creamy background. Lid is flat, pierced with round holes of different sizes, glazed green on top with red rings around the holes, and mounted with a grey bird with black bill and tail.


History note: Unknown before Frank Brangwyn, RA

Legal notes

Bought from Frank Brangwyn, using the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.50 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kyoto ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1934-09-20) by Brangwyn, Frank


Late 17th-early 18th Century
Edo Period (1615-1868)
Circa 1675 CE - 1743 1743 CE

Components of the work

Bird On Lid: composed of pigment ( black and grey) Decoration: composed of pigments ( blue, brown, gold, green and red) Burner: composed of glaze ( creamy) Diameter 9.30 cm Height 11.70 cm
Lid: composed of glaze ( green and red) Diameter 7.10 cm Height 4.00 cm
Rim: Diameter 4.90 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: KENZAN

  • Text: KENZAN signature
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Brushed
  • Maker's mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.161 & A-1934
Primary reference Number: 72303
Old number: BJ.137
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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