Zetterquist Galleries

Japanese and Korean Ceramics

Eric Zetterquist announces an exhibition of Japanese and Korean ceramics for autumn, 2022.

The Japanese section spotlights excellent and rare examples of several important kiln-types, starting with an unusually large Jomon ritual food container dating to 3500-2500 BC, noted for the modern-looking plasticity of its modeling and monumental presence.  A 6th century AD Sueki jar with streaming ash glaze and combed design, directly rooted in Korean Silla ware traditions, forges the connection between Japan and Korea, which was intertwined for centuries. 

Medieval stonewares from Bizen, Tokoname and Mino kilns illustrate their continued use in the Japanese tea ceremony.  Most notably, a black Oribe Kutsugata-form tea bowl, formerly owned and inscribed by an Omotosenke school grand master, is decorated with a repeated “chikiri” pattern and dates from the early 17th century.

Japanese porcelains are represented by important works of two different types.  A Nabeshima type plate with an oft-published pattern of baskets and flowers is an extremely fine example of this rare type of overglaze enameled wares, originally produced by the feudal Lord Nabeshima who called on the highest level technology and craftsmen for porcelain tributes for the Shogun in Edo.  There is also a large Aode Kokutani-type charger depicting vividly depicted scholar-in-landscape cartuche and military fans amongst foliage, as well as a smaller Aode Kokutani square plate with a rare and charming depiction of a tiger.

A group of Korean Koryo Dynasty celadons is highlighted with a large rectangular tile with inlaid decoration of birds and foliage, one of only three such pieces known in the United States.

The exhibition begins on September 15th, 2022, and is open by appointment only.  Please visit www.Zetterquist.com for further information.

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Nabeshima Plate
Nabeshima Plate with Polychrome Decoration
Large Koryo Celadon Inlaid Tile
Large Koryo Celadon Inlaid Tile
Oribe Kutsugata Tea Bowl
Oribe Kutsugata Tea Bowl “Yama no Ha”
Large Kokutani Style Charger
A Large Kokutani Style Charger
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