Satsuma ware vase with design of peonies

Detail of a pattern
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  • Period

  • Geography

    Kagoshima prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with cobalt decoration under translucent glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 31.6 × 28.8 cm (12 7/16 × 11 5/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Flower-vase, beaker shape; grotesque head loop handles.
    Clay: dense, grayish.
    Glaze: grayish-cream, crackled; large areas roughened by kiln-grit.
    Decoration: in greenish-gray cobalt under glaze.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900)
    Bunkio Matsuki 松木文恭 (1867-1940) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Provenance

    Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900), Kyoto [1]
    To 1900
    Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1900 [2]
    From 1900 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1900 [3]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]
    [1] According Curatorial Remark 1 and Curatorial Remarks 6, H.E. Buckman, 1965, in the object record. See also, Curatorial Remark 4, C.L. Freer, in the object record, which states: "Purchased by B. Matsuki for my collection from the elder Ikeda of Kioto, who showed me the jar during one of my early trips to Japan."
    [2] See Original Pottery List, L. 762, 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.
  • Origin

    Kagoshima prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer Gallery 12: The Peacock Room Comes to America
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