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Pitcher (USA), 1887

This is a pitcher. It was manufactured by Rookwood Pottery and decorated by Kataro Shirayamadani. It is dated 1887 and we acquired it in 1984. Its medium is thrown, glazed, and hand-painted stoneware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The ceramicist Kataro Shirayamadani participated in the "Japanese Village," a company of Japanese craftsmen who toured America demonstrating their trades in the mid-1880s. In 1887 a dealer of Asian art in Boston brought Shirayamadani to the attention of Rookwood Pottery’s founder Maria Longworth Nichols who immediately hired him.

This object was donated by William Goodman and Marcia Goodman. It is credited Gift of Marcia and William Goodman.

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Vase (USA), 1888
  • glazed and hand-painted earthenware.
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1967-48-117

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 22.2 × 12 cm (8 3/4 × 4 3/4 in.)

It has the following markings

Impressed: RP cipher with one flam /641S; incised artist's signature in Japanese characters.

Cite this object as

Pitcher (USA), 1887; Manufactured by Rookwood Pottery (United States); thrown, glazed, and hand-painted stoneware; H x diam.: 22.2 × 12 cm (8 3/4 × 4 3/4 in.); Gift of Marcia and William Goodman; 1984-84-14

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Japonism.

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