Ofuke ware container for live coals

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Buff clay. Spiral carved in center of base; S-shaped firing crack in base. Pale blue-gray underglaze cobalt painted decoration of two tiers of repeated motifs. Clear glaze, greenish where thick. Inside of foot glazed.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 18th - 19th century
Medium
Stoneware with cobalt decoration under clear glaze
Style
Ofuke ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 9 x 11.3 x 11.3 cm (3 9/16 x 4 7/16 x 4 7/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Nagoya
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1902.69
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Live-charcoal container (hi-ire)

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

To 1902
Samuel Colman (1832-1920), New York, NY, and Newport, RI, to 1902 [1]

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at the sale of the Samuel Colman Collection, American Art Association, New York, March 19-22, 1902 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1135, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Samuel Colman was collecting Asian objects by at least 1880 (see Curatorial Remark 12, Louise Cort, April 20, 2007, in the object record).

[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
Samuel Colman 1832 - 1920
American Art Association (C.L. Freer source) established 1883

Description

Buff clay. Spiral carved in center of base; S-shaped firing crack in base. Pale blue-gray underglaze cobalt painted decoration of two tiers of repeated motifs. Clear glaze, greenish where thick. Inside of foot glazed.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 74, p. 155.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum