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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1878-1886
  • Geography

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Material

    Unglazed earthenware
  • Dimension

    H x Diam (assembled): 8.4 x 14.5 cm (3 5/16 x 5 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Koren (active ca. 1878-1885)
  • Description

    Box, circular. Pottery cover; piece broken. Modeled by hand.
    Clay: soft, light-weight.
    Glaze: thin orange-brown wash.
    Decoration: grape-vine modeled in relief. Inscription. Seal.
  • Inscriptions

    Koren joshi tsukuru [square seal].
  • Provenance

    To 1896
    Edmond de Goncourt (1822-1896), Paris, to 1896 [1]
    To 1899
    Carl Edelheim (1844-1899), Philadelphia, to 1899 [2]
    From 1900 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at the sale of the Carl Edelheim Collection, American Art Association, New York, NY, in March 1900, no. 85 [3]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]
    [1] The sale of the de Goncourt Collection of Asian objects occurred March 8–13, 1897. According to Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record, this particular object was no. 290 within the de Goncourt Collection sale, and was sold on March 9, 1897.
    [2] See Original Pottery List, L. 258, 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.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Japanese Art of the Meiji Era (September 20, 1997 to April 26, 1998)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Edmond de Goncourt (1822-1896)
    Carl Edelheim (1844-1899)
    American Art Association (established 1883) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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