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Jar, one of a pair with F1970.20

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Porcelain with enamels over colorless glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 37 x 27.5 cm (14 9/16 x 10 13/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Jar; large white porcelain.
    Clay: moderately coarse white porcelain.
    Glaze: white with slight crackle in some areas.
    Decoration: stylized vertical floral sprays around sides; broad band of takokarakusa wtih lotus blossoms on shoulder in red, green, blue and yellow overglaze enamels.
    One of a pair with F1970.20.
  • Provenance

    To 1851
    Henry Pelham Pelham Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyme, (1785 - 1851), Clumber, Nottinghamshire, England to 1851 [1]
    From 1851 to at least 1966
    By descent through the Pelham-Clinton family to John Stuart Bordewich, Esq. (d. 1986) to at least 1966 [2]
    Sotheby's London sale, July 12, 1966, bought in to John Stuart Bordewich, Esq. in 1966 [3]
    Ellsworth & Goldie, Ltd., New York, in 1970 [4]
    From 1970
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Ellsworth & Goldie, Ltd., New York, on January 30, 1970 [5]
    [1] According to a November 4, 1970 letter from Robert H. Ellsworth (of Ellsworth & Goldie) to T. Lawton, the pair of jars (F1970.20 and F1970.21) were owned at the time by a descendent of the 4th Duke of Newcastle, who once had them displayed at his country home.
    [2] The jars descended to Georgiania Elizabeth May Pelham-Clinton, (1913 - ?), the great-granddaughter of the 4th Duke of Newcastle who married John Stuart Bordewich in 1951. All biographical information from the
    [3] Bordewich attempted to sell the jars at Sotheby's. They did not reach the reserve and were bought in. See auction catalogue in file.
    [4] According to the letter cited in [1], Ellsworth was contacted by a mutual friend of Bordewich to sell the jars on consignment. He removed the bronze mounts, likely added by the original owner.
    [5] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Summer Whites: Japanese Porcelain (July 1, 1983 to March 15, 1984)
    Japanese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to January 17, 1980)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ellsworth & Goldie, Ltd. (1960-1970)
  • Origin

    Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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