Tenmoku-shape tea bowl

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Kyoto or Yokohama, Japan
  • Material

    Ceramic with overglaze enamel decoration
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 7.3 x 12.3 x 12.3 cm (2 7/8 x 4 13/16 x 4 13/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Style of Yabu Meizan (1853-1934)
  • Description

    Temmoku-shape tea bowl with overglaze enamel decoration. Shape of 11-12th c. Chinese Northern ware iron-glazed tea bowl (ref. Valenstein, Handbook, 50): incurving rim, unusually thick walls designed as effective shape for decoration.
    Clay: fine-grained cream-colored Satsuma body.
    Glaze: clear glaze with medium crackle.
    Decoration: exterior: wisteria trellis; interior: landscape in style of 17-18th c. Qing court painting. Gold borders outside rim and on footrim. Exterior design closely related to style of Kyoto cloisonne artist Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927).
  • Provenance

    From 1884 to 1885
    Major General Julius Stahel, acquired in 1884 [1]
    From 1885
    Mrs. Simon Wolf, Washington, DC, given by Major General Julius Stahel in 1885 [2]
    From about 1970 to 1983
    Col. Harold Chase, Jr., Arlington, VA, by descent, from about 1970 [3]
    From 1983
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Col. Harold and Mrs. Beverly Chase, Jr. in 1983
    [1] According to a July 23, 1984 letter from Col. Chase (see letter in the object file), Major General Julius Stahel was appointed U.S. consul at Yokohama, Japan, and consul-general at Shanghai, China, in 1884 and served one year in those posts (see Curatorial Note 7 in the object record).
    [2] According to a July 23, 1984 letter from Col. Chase (see Curatorial Note 7 in the object record).
    [3] Mrs. Simon Wolf was step great-grandmother to Col. Harold Chase, Jr. (see Curatorial Note 7 in the object record).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Moonlight and Clouds: Silver and Gold in the Arts of Japan (November 11, 2008 to November 11, 2009)
    Japanese Art of the Meiji Era (September 20, 1997 to April 26, 1998)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Colonel and Mrs. Harold Beverly Chase, Jr.
  • Origin

    Kyoto or Yokohama, Japan
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Colonel and Mrs. Harold Beverly Chase, Jr.
  • Type

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