Nabeshima ware dish molded in form of spray of cherry blossoms


Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1647-1670
Molded porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze, enamels over the glaze
Arita ware, Nabeshima type
H x W x D: 3.6 x 16.7 x 13.2 cm (1 7/16 x 6 9/16 x 5 3/16 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, Nabeshima type, cherry blossom, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, porcelain

Kato family, Japan [1]

To 1907
Unidentified owner, Japan, to 1907 [2]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Japan from an unidentified owner in 1907 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]


[1] According to F1907.530, Curatorial Remark 7, L.A. Cort, 1982, in the object record (and quoting from the "Boxed In" exhibition label): "The lid of the box containing this charming mixed set of five small plates relates that they were assembled by one Kato, possibly as early as the 18th century, and treasured by his heirs." That inscription states that this object was "One of the treasures of the Kato house" (see Curatorial Remark 6, L.A. Cort, 1982, in the object record).

[2] See Original Pottery List, L. 1580, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] 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
Kato family

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 183.
  • Constance Bond. Daimyo's Choice at the Freer. Washington, April 1986. p. 162.
  • p. 16, figs. 5-6.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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