Hizen ware bottle in tea-whisk form

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Porcelain with enamels over colorless glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 25.1 x 15 cm (9 7/8 x 5 7/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Bottle in Japanese tea-whisk form, on low foot rim with narrow neck and spreading collar; smooth pear-shaped body
    Clay: white porcelain.
    Glaze: transparent.
    Decoration: overglaze enamel colors; stylized bands in red around neck collar; nature motifs including plum, pine and bamboo painted in red, yellow, blue and aubergine on body.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer ((1875-1959) and (1887-1970))
  • Provenance

    From at least 1967 to 1970
    Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), Washington, DC and Mt. Kisco, NY, from at least 1967 [1]
    From 1970
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer on June 21, 1971 [2]
    [1] The vase was examined and stored for Agnes E. Meyer at the Freer Gallery in 1967, see W. T. Chase’s note, dated June 1967, in object file.
    [2] Agnes E. Meyer expressed a wish of donating the vase to the Freer Gallery in a letter to John A. Pope, dated January 28, 1969. The vase was acquired from Agnes E. Meyer Estate, see Deed of Gift, dated May 31, 1971, copy in object file, where the object is listed as no. 4.
  • Origin

    Arita, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer
  • Type

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