Karatsu ware serving dish

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Shirakibaru or Kamanokashira kilns, Takeo city, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Material

    Stoneware with iron pigment and white slip painted and inlaid under clear glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 10 x 40.5 x 40.5 cm (3 15/16 x 15 15/16 x 15 15/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Karatsu ware, Takeo Karatsu type, mishima Karatsu style.
    Wheel-thrown dish; carved footring; decoration painted with white slip and iron or incised and stamped and inlaid with white slip.
    In center, two facing cranes painted with white slip, details painted in black iron pigment. Surrounded by radiating bands of stamped decoration filled with white slip. In bottom: full-face plum blossoms; full-face aster blossoms; zigzag stripes. On side (both inside and out): net-like lattice. On everted rim: full-face aster blossoms, broken in two places by geometric patterns.
  • Provenance

    Christie's, London, March 21-22, 1990, lot no. 137 [1]
    To 1992
    Andy Saylor, Richmond, Virginia, to 1992 [2]
    From 1992
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Andy Saylor in 1992
    [1] According to the Christie's catalog, this object appeared in the March 21-22 auction, but was not sold (see Curatorial Note 7, Louise Cort, May 22, 2004, in the object record).
    [2] According to information in the object record, Andy Saylor purchased the object at an estate auction, with information that the dish had been purchased in Japan during the 1950s (see Curatorial Note 7, A. Saylor, November 11, 1991, in the object record).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Arts of Japan: Edo Aviary and Poetic License (February 2 to August 4, 2013)
    Cornucopia: Ceramics of Southern Japan (December 19, 2009 to January 9, 2011)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Andy Saylor
  • Origin

    Shirakibaru or Kamanokashira kilns, Takeo city, Saga prefecture, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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