Serving dish with design of "Three Friends"

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Probably Kamagane kilns, Tajimi, Gifu prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with Oribe glaze and iron decoration under clear glaze; gold lacquer repairs
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 8.3 x 37 x 37 cm (3 1/4 x 14 9/16 x 14 9/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Dish; rim indented in five places; low square-cut foot; wheel-thrown; unusually large size for this ware; four gold lacquer repairs on rim.
    Clay: cream-buff stoneware.
    Glaze: (1) transparent, feldspathic, slightly rough matte surface; uneven, some areas of crackle; scars and inclusions. (2) three large areas of glossier copper green, pooling and mottling in uneven thickness.
    Decoration: painted in underglaze iron brown in design of bamboo and bamboo sprouts above five-petalled blossoms in hexagonal diaper pattern, simple foliate scroll on rim, except in parts under green glaze. Three irregular patches of green glaze extending from rim edge towards center.
    Accessories: wooden storage box.
  • Provenance

    Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts ??? ?, Kyoto, Japan method of acquisition unknown [1]
    From 1973
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts [2]
    [1] See letter from Harold P. Stern, Director of the Freer Gallery of Art to Mr. Takashi Yanagi ?? on Nawate Street in Kyoto, Japan. In the letter, Stern thanks Yanagi for hosting him at his gallery, Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts, where he saw this ceramic ware and several other objects. In July 1972, Yanagi shipped the object via Japan Aircargo Consolidators to Washington D.C., allowing the Freer Gallery of Art to inspect the ware for purchase.
    Yanagi Takashi (d.2021) was a preeminent dealer of Japanese wares and owned Yanagi Fine Arts.
    [2] See letter from Yanagi Takashi, August 28, 1973, original in accession file. In the letter, Takashi confirms receipt of payment.
    Research completed November 2, 2022.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern in Japanese Ceramics (December 13, 2014 to June 14, 2015)
    Landscapes in Japanese Art (February 2 to July 15, 2007)
    Japanese Ceramics from Seto and Mino (January 19, 1996 to August 5, 2001)
    The Glazed Ceramic Tradition of Mino and Seto Wares (April 26, 1985 to January 13, 1986)
    Boxed In: Japanese Ceramics and Their Storage Boxes (September 23, 1982 to February 17, 1983)
    Japanese Ceramics (June 22, 1982 to September 27, 1982)
    Japanese Ceramics (July 15, 1980 to June 21, 1982)
    A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980 (November 9, 1979 to May 22, 1980)
    Japanese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to January 17, 1980)
    Japanese Art (July 1, 1974 to April 10, 1978)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Takashi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts
    Takashi Yanagi
  • Origin

    Probably Kamagane kilns, Tajimi, Gifu prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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