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"Sencha" tea set

Signed

Rôbei tsukuru

Provenance

Between about 1904 and 1910, acquired in Japan by Okakura Kakuzo (b. 1862 – d. 1913), Boston; by 1910, given by Okakura to Samuel Dennis Warren (b. 1852 – d. 1910) and his wife, Mabel Bayard Warren (b. 1861 – d. 1920), Boston; 1910, to their daughter, Sylvia Warren (b. 1896 – d. 1972); 1972, by inheritance to her nephew, John E. Thayer, III (d. 1990) and his wife, Keiko Thayer, Boston; 2012, gift of Keiko Thayer to the MFA. (Accession date: March 28, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Keiko F. Thayer in memory of aunt Sylvia Warren

Japanese, Edo period, 19th century

Dimensions

Teapot: 2 5/16 x 3 15/16 in. (5.9 x 10 cm) Lid for teapot: 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm) Yuzamashi: 5 x 8.8 cm (1 15/16 x 3 7/16 in.) Cups: 5 x 6.7 cm (1 15/16 x 2 5/8 in.) Wooden box: 26.8 x 19.1 x 14.4 cm (10 9/16 x 7 1/2 x 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2012.78.1-8

Medium or Technique

Porcelain with decoration in underglaze blue; wood

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Ceramics