Tea bowl in shape of rice bale

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Fine-grained, yellowish brown clay with areas of orange flush. Hand formed over cloth-covered mold; imprint of coarse fabric on inside. Incised decoration inlaid with white slip under clear glaze; white where thick. Inside of foot unglazed.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1800-1868
Medium
Stoneware with white slip under clear glaze
Style
Probably Ofuke ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 8.9 x 10.7 x 10.7 cm (3 1/2 x 4 3/16 x 4 3/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Nagoya
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1900.39
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea bowl

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Ofuke ware, stoneware, tea
Provenance

To 1900
Yamanaka & Company, to 1900 [1]

From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1900 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 678, 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

Fine-grained, yellowish brown clay with areas of orange flush. Hand formed over cloth-covered mold; imprint of coarse fabric on inside. Incised decoration inlaid with white slip under clear glaze; white where thick. Inside of foot unglazed.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. p. 42, no. 84.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum