Inkstone box in imitation of Koetsu

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At A Glance

  • Period

    19th century
  • Geography

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Material

    Raku-type earthenware with pigments under lead glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 9.7 x 23.2 cm (3 13/16 x 9 1/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    False seal of Hon'ami Koetsu 本阿弥光悦 (1558-1637)
  • Description

    Clay: soft, dense, white. Raku type.
    Glaze: light salmon-pink and cream; crackled.
    Decoration: in green, brown, and cream, under glaze: mountain landscape with waning moon (outside of lid), ferns (warabi) and stream (inside lid, base).
    Seal on the bottom of base.
  • Marks

    Seal: "Koetsu" written with iron pigment on bottom of base, in seal script inside square frame.
  • Provenance

    Possibly Hachisuka Collection [1]
    Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900), Kyoto, reportedly purchased in Tokushima, province of Awa, circa 1885 [2]
    To 1900
    Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1900 [3]
    From 1900 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1900 [4]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [5]
    [1] See Curatorial Remark 7, L.A. Cort, 1986, in the object record, for information regarding the possibility that this object was formerly in the Lord Hachisuka Collection.
    [2] According to Curatorial Remark 5, an Envelope File note, in the object record: "Bunkio Matsuki, 1900: "Old Mr. Ikeda purchased about 15 years ago in Tokushima, Province of Awa."
    [3] See Original Pottery List, L. 790, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [4] See note 3.
    [5] 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
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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