Merrell Publishers Limited for Freer and Sackler, 2001. Large heavy 4to hardcover with dustjacket. 239 pages, illustrated. Discoloration to jacket edges, else very good clean copy
Kenzan (1663-1743) is celebrated as Japan’s first and foremost individual potter. His reputation is both a product of his own time and of the modern age: the esteem in which he was held in Japan was ignited in the West as critics, art dealers, and collectors vied for his colorfully painted and inscribed work at the beginning of the twentieth century. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Freer Gallery / Arthur M. Sackler and Smithsonian 2001 to 2002. Color photos showing both the work and the maker’s marks are presented along with detailed descriptions and brief discussion.