Tea bowl with design of autumn grasses

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At A Glance

  • Period

    mid 19th century
  • Geography

    Awaji island, Hyogo prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with enamels over clear colorless glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 7.6 x 12.4 cm (3 x 4 7/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Kashu Mimpei (1796-1871)
  • Description

    Tea-bowl, ovoidal; deep flaring foot, notched.
    Clay: hard, dense, whitish.
    Glaze: lustrous warm cream, finely crackled.
    Decorations: floral, enameled in colors and gold, over glaze.
    Seal: Mimpei.
  • Marks

    Seal: Mimpei
  • Provenance

    To 1893
    Tozo Takayanagi, New York to 1893 [1]
    From 1893 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tozo Takayanagi in 1893 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 300, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [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.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Tea Bowls in Bloom: Botanical Decoration on Tea Ceremony Ceramics (February 3 to July 15, 2007)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Takayanagi Tozo 高柳陶造 (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Awaji island, Hyogo prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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