A plain washer of this form with a Qianlong mark and of the period, but of smaller dimensions and covered in a Ru-type glaze, from the J.M. Hu collection, was sold in our New York rooms, 4th June 1985, lot 47, and again at Christie’s New York, 20th September 2005, lot 291, from the Rodriguez collection.
The Fujita Museum in Osaka houses over 5000 pieces of Chinese and Japanese works of art collected by Baron Denzaburo Fujita (1841-1912) and opened to the public in 1954. Of these, nine pieces have been designated as National Treasures, including the famous Yohen Tenmoku Tea Bowl, and fifty are designated as important cultural assets. Baron Denzaburo Fujita was a leading industrialist, politician and one of the greatest tea masters of the Meiji period and was acclaimed to have the best private collection in the Kansai region. Following his death, part of his collection was sold at auction.
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