Japanese Trading Company, New York to 1901 
From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Japanese Trading Company in 1901 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Pottery List, L. 974, 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
Japanese Trading Company (C.L. Freer source)
Light buff clay. String-cut base. Wheel-thrown shape flattened on opposing sides by squeezing, vertical and horizontal carving, and slashing; deep bevel around foot. Mark, "X," incised on base. Iron-tinted ash glaze, appearing khaki brown where thick, dark matte brown where thin at edges and where wiped off intentionally; glossy brown iron glaze applied to neck, running irregularly down body. Inside unglazed. Weight:161.62 grams.
Incised on the base is a mark shaped like an "X". Various marks appear on Mino wares of the early seventeenth century. Once interpreted as potter's marks, they are now believed to be the marks of the urban merchants of tea utensils who placed special orders for certain pieces (Fujioka 1977: 156-58).
- Published References
- Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 42, p. 115.
- Edwards Park. Treasures from the Smithsonian Institution., 1st ed. Washington and New York. p. 357.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum