Ofuke or Seto ware sake bottle

citation

Light gray clay. Incised and stamped motifs accented with underglaze cobalt. Oval potter’s seal “Shuntai” impressed on base to left of center. Clear glaze, gray-green in tone, crackled and stained brown by sake. Foot unglazed.

Maker(s)
Artist: Kato Shuntai (1802-1877)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1831-1868
Medium
Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear green-toned glaze
Style
Ofuke or Seto ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 28.4 x 14.5 x 14.5 cm (11 3/16 x 5 11/16 x 5 11/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Nagoya or Seto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1898.452
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Sake bottle (tokkuri)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Ofuke ware, sake, Seto ware, stoneware, wine
Provenance

To 1898
Yamanaka & Company, to 1898 [1]

From 1898 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1898 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 81, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. The majority of Charles Lang Freer’s purchases from Yamanaka & Company were made at its New York branch. Yamanaka & Company maintained branch offices, at various times, in Boston, Chicago, London, Peking, Shanghai, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. During the summer, the company also maintained seasonal locations in Newport, Bar Harbor, and Atlantic City.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)

Description

Light gray clay. Incised and stamped motifs accented with underglaze cobalt. Oval potter's seal "Shuntai" impressed on base to left of center. Clear glaze, gray-green in tone, crackled and stained brown by sake. Foot unglazed.

Marking(s)

Shuntai 春岱

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. p. 39, no. 71.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum