Ninsei-style Incense Burner with Flowers of the Four Seasons

Artist: Workshop of Nonomura Ninsei (Japanese, active ca. 1646–94)

Period: Edo period (1615–1868)

Date: mid-17th century

Culture: Japan

Medium: Stoneware with overglaze enamels

Dimensions: H. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm); W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm); D. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929

Accession Number: 29.100.668


Ninsei wares, so named for their creator and produced in Kyoto in the second half of the seventeenth century, are known for their colorful overglaze and gold decorations, as well as their refined Kyoto-style patterns. Ninsei was one of the first Japanese potters to mark his pieces