Spier Collection, to 1906 
From 1906 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), puchased from the Spier Collection in 1906 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Pottery List, L. 219, 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
Julius Spier (C.L. Freer source) 1848 - 1923
Buff clay, darkened on surface by use. Decoration of pine seedling incised and painted in blue-gray underglaze cobalt. Line of cobalt painted over incised line on curved sections of rim. Clear glaze, yellow in tone, closely crackled and stained; areas of violet blue opalescence where thick. Foot unglazed. Wear in bottom.
Echoes of Momoyama tablewares can be found in the reshaped wheel-thrown form and the large single plant motif, but the ash glaze with touches of opalescence and the blue-gray cobalt accents belong to Ofuke ware. The pine seedling was an auspicious motif connoting longevity and renewal.
- Published References
- Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 75, p. 156.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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