Individual serving bowl, Karatsu ware, E-Karatsu type


Historical period(s)
Momoyama period, 1596-1615
Stoneware with iron pigment under clear glaze; gold lacquer repairs.
Karatsu ware, E-Karatsu type
H x W: 8.8 x 10.6 cm (3 7/16 x 4 3/16 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Individual serving bowl (mukozuke)

Japan, Karatsu ware, lacquer repair, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615), stoneware

Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900), Kyoto [1]

To 1900
Yamanaka & Company, to 1900 [2]

From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1900 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]


[1] Curatorial Remarks, H. E. Buckman, 1964: The Envelope File, which has now been destroyed, contained the following note: "A rare specimen; from the Ikeda Collection."

[2] See Original Pottery List, L. 666, 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.

[3] See note 2.

[4] 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
Ikeda Seisuke 1839 - 1900
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 152.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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