Tea caddy, named Yariume (Plum Branch), Takatori ware

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Uchigaso kiln, Nogata, Fukuoka prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with iron and rice-straw-ash glazes; ivory lid
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 5.2 × 6.8 cm (2 1/16 × 2 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Tea caddy, short broad jar with waist, wide mouth, everted lip, flat base, ivory cover. Named "Yariume."
    Clay: medium buff stoneware.
    Glaze: dark olive with opaque white and bluish overflowing on one side and covering base. Interior unglazed.
  • Provenance

    Mr. Funahashi, Kyoto [1]
    To 1903
    Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1903 [2]
    From 1903 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1903 [3]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]
    [1] Curatorial Remarks, Louise A. Cort, 1986: Freer acquired, through Matsuki, five pieces from the Funahashi collection (F1903.275--F1903.279). An undated "List of Shipment" from Matsuki (Matsuki letter no. 30) gives the following: "Following five important pottery are from the sale of Late Mr. Funahashi of Kioto famous wholesale silk dealer for many generation. The sale was under the management of Mr. Shinsuke Hayashi from whom your great Sotatsu screen came."
    [2] See Original Pottery List, L. 1276, 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

    Imperfectly Beautiful: Inventing Japanese Ceramic Style (October 14, 2017 - October 14, 2019)
    Cornucopia: Ceramics of Southern Japan (December 19, 2009 to January 9, 2011)
    Japanese Art (May 9, 1993 to November 21, 1995)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Bunkio Matsuki 松木文恭 (1867-1940) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Uchigaso kiln, Nogata, Fukuoka prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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