Tea caddy, katatsuki type

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Shidoro kilns, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with iron glaze; ivory lid
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 9.5 × 7.2 cm (3 3/4 × 2 13/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Tea caddy, katatsuki shape (katatsuki chaire). Ivory cover (not original to this jar). Flat uneven base.
    Clay: light-weight, hard, very fine grain; medium gray where worn, medium brown on unworn surface.
    Glaze: translucent brown, speckled and splashed with greenish-yellow, and shot with faint gray-blue, running to base on one side. Interior unglazed. Remains of powdered tea.
  • Provenance

    Collection of Soryu, Kyoto [1]
    Tashiro [2]
    To 1901
    Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, purchased from Mr. Tashiro, to 1901 [3]
    From 1901 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1901 [4]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [5]
    [1] Curatorial Remarks, Envelope File: "Formerly was in possession of famous 'Chajin' So Riu of Kioto. Date about 1600. Bought from Mr. Tashiro." B. M. (--B. Matsuki). The "Kyoto tea man Soryu," to whom Matsuki referred [in the Envelope File note] is probably Kosetsu Soryu (1595-1666), a Sakai native who became a monk of the Daitokuji Rinzai Zen sect, studied under Takuan and Kogetsu Sogan, and served as the 181st abbot of Daitokuji. He was well known as a painter and calligrapher. His ownership of the object can be neither confirmed nor denied (see Curatorial remark 6, Louise A. Cort, 1987, in the object record).
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1.
    [4] See Original Pottery List, L. 1066, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [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
  • Exhibition History

    Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 3 and 4 (February 25, 1956 to January 1, 1963)
    Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Art, 1955 (October 25, 1955 to November 22, 1955)
    Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Art, 1951 (January 23, 1951 to February 25, 1956)
    Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Hanging Scrolls, Ceramics, and Sculpture (October 2, 1947 to January 23, 1951)
    Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Ceramics and Painting (May 2, 1946 to October 2, 1947)
    Japanese and Korean Pottery, and Korean Bronze (May 2, 1923 to March 22, 1943)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Kosetsu Soryu (1595-1666)
    Tashiro Genya (1811-1889)
    Bunkio Matsuki 松木文恭 (1867-1940) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Shidoro kilns, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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