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.
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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); 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