Water jar in style of Nonomura Ninsei

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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 19th century
  • Geography

    Kyoto prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with enamels over white glaze; black lacquer lid
  • Dimension

    H x W: 10.8 x 20.1 cm (4 1/4 x 7 15/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Artist

    Style of Nonomura Ninsei (active ca. 1646-77)
  • Description

    Tea-ceremony water jar (mizusashi 水指).
    Fluted edge. Black lacquer cover, with a red character on under side.
    Clay: hard, buff, orange where exposed.
    Glaze: gray-white, clouded with pinkish gray; crackled. Opaque white rice-straw ash glaze on outside; same glaze and clear ash glaze on interior.
    Decoration: in blue, green, red, and gold enamels, over glaze.
    Mark: Ninsei 仁清, large, without frame, stamped on base to left.
  • Signatures

    False signature of Ninsei
  • Marks

    Ninsei 仁清, large, without frame, stamped on base to left.
    Ninsei 仁清, large, without frame, stamped on base to left.
  • Provenance

    To 1914
    William Baumgarten and Company, New York to 1914 [1]
    From 1914 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from William Baumgarten and Company in 1914 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 2384, 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

    An Invitation to Tea (November 9, 1996 to April 26, 1998)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    William Baumgarten and Company (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Kyoto prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
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