Sakura ware gourd-shaped sake bottle with sharkskin glaze

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1844-1862
  • Geography

    Sakura kiln, Yokkaichi city, Mie prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with white and brown glazes trailed over sharkshin glaze; silver rim
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 16.6 × 10.3 cm (6 9/16 × 4 1/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Artist

    Ishizawa Heihachiro (Seikozan) (died 1862)
  • Description

    Bottle, elongated gourd-shape; silver rim; low, broad foot.
    Clay: hard, fine, grayish.
    Glaze: gray-brown shark-skin; overflow of gray and tan; splashes of olive and varied browns.
    Mark: Seikozan [JPN], inside oval frame, outside footrim.
  • Marks

    Seikozan. Inside oval frame, outside footrim.
  • Provenance

    To 1901
    Japanese Trading Company, New York to 1901 [1]
    From 1901 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Japanese Trading Company in 1901 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 970, 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

    Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 3 and 4 (February 25, 1956 to January 1, 1963)
    Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Art (October 3, 1947 to February 25, 1956)
    Untitled Exhibition, Japanese Art, 1946 (May 3, 1946 to October 6, 1947)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Japanese Trading Company (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Sakura kiln, Yokkaichi city, Mie prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
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