Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1901 
From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1901 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Pottery List, L. 1007, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940
Light gray clay. Two lion-head-shaped loop handles. Incised decoration on neck and base; molded and hand-formed relief decor of peonies accented with under-glaze cobalt blue. Clear glaze, crackled, yellow-green where thick. Splashed on both sides of neck with opaque bluish white unofu glaze. Clear glaze on inside.
Ofuke ware is associated with a kiln operated by Seto potters within Nagoya Castle, but certain Mino kilns also made Ofuke-style ware. Ofuke ware was made for private use and distribution by the Owari Tokugawa house, rulers of the domain that encompassed both Seto and Mino.
- Published References
- Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 70, p. 151.
- Warren E. Cox. The Book of Pottery and Porcelain. 2 vols., New York. p. 240, pl. 73.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum