Dish with molded and painted decor

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Molded porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear, colorless glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 3.8 × 15.5 cm (1 1/2 × 6 1/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Dish, circular; low foot.
    Paste: hard, fine. Porcelain.
    Glaze: blue-white, crackled.
    Decoration: (1) in two tones of cobalt blue, under glaze; (2) molded in paste.
    Mark: written on base.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Kato Family
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Provenance

    Kato family, Japan [1]
    To 1907
    Unidentified owner, Japan, to 1907 [2]
    From 1907 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Japan from an unidentified owner in 1907 [3]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]
    [1] According to Curatorial Remark 5, L.A. Cort, 1982, in the object record (and quoting from the "Boxed In" exhibition label): "The lid of the box containing this charming mixed set of five small plates relates that they were assembled by one Kato, possibly as early as the 18th century, and treasured by his heirs." The inscription states that this object was "One of the treasures of the Kato house" (see Curatorial Remark 4, L.A. Cort, 1982, in the object record).
    [2] See Original Pottery List, L. 1580, 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

    Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
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