Sake bottle with pouring spout

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Light gray clay. Potter’s mark, “Sanko,” inside oval frame, impressed on base. Thin, matte, reddish brown glaze covering body; thick, dark copper-green ash glaze on neck, running down body in three drips of irregular length.

Maker(s)
Artist: Kato Gembei, known as Sanko (active 1868-1912)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, 1868-1890
Medium
Stoneware with thin, matte glaze and copper-green ash glaze
Style
Seto ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 23.5 x 10.8 x 10.8 cm (9 1/4 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Seto, Shinano village
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1905.57
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Sake bottle (tokkuri)

Keywords
Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), sake, Seto ware
Provenance

To 1905
Thomas E. Waggaman (1839-1906), Washington, D.C., to 1905 [1]

From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at the sale of the Waggaman Collection, American Art Association, New York, NY, January 25-February 3, 1905, no. 1917 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1370, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Also see Curatorial Remark 9, Louise Cort, June 17, 2008, 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
American Art Association (C.L. Freer source) established 1883
Thomas E. Waggaman 1839 - 1906

Description

Light gray clay. Potter's mark, "Sanko," inside oval frame, impressed on base. Thin, matte, reddish brown glaze covering body; thick, dark copper-green ash glaze on neck, running down body in three drips of irregular length.

Marking(s)

Potter's mark, "Sanko," inside oval frame, impressed on base.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 103, p. 45.
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 210.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum