Chayang ware tea bowl in style of Jian ware

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At A Glance

  • Period

    13th-14th century
  • Geography

    Chayang kiln, Nanping, Fujian province, China
  • Material

    Stoneware with two layers of iron glaze; metal rim
  • Dimension

    H x W: 7.2 x 12.4 cm (2 13/16 x 4 7/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Tea bowl, Temmoku shape, inverted bell form; slightly concave, straight sided foot; slight nipple inside center. Two small brown repairs inside rim.
    Clay: stoneware, apparently grayish beneath brown surface.
    Glaze: Black, streaked with brown, stopping irregularly short of foot. A thin brown layer appears at this edge, running a little further down. Oily iridescence. Temmoku type iron glaze.
  • Provenance

    To 1911
    Kita Toranosuke, Kyoto, to 1911 [1]
    From 1911 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Kita Toranosuke in 1911 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2159, 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

    Chinese Ceramics for Tea in Japan (March 8 to September 14, 2014)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Kita Toranosuke (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Chayang kiln, Nanping, Fujian province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
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