Incense burner, refashioned from a bottle

Originally this item was a long-necked bottle. The neck was broken off and repaired to serve as an incense burner. Globular shape with silver rim and pierced copper cover.
Clay: hard, ringing
Glaze: gray-white, closely crackled.
Decoration: in gray-blue, under glaze.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 18th-19th century
Medium
Porcelain with cobalt decoration under clear glaze; silver lid
Style
Kyoto-related ware
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 12.5 x 15.2 cm (4 15/16 x 6 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1892.31a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Incense burner

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), incense, Japan, Kyoto ware, porcelain
Provenance

To 1892
Tozo Takayanagi, New York to 1892 [1]

From 1892 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tozo Takayanagi in 1892 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Takayanagi Tozo (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919

Description

Originally this item was a long-necked bottle. The neck was broken off and repaired to serve as an incense burner. Globular shape with silver rim and pierced copper cover.
Clay: hard, ringing
Glaze: gray-white, closely crackled.
Decoration: in gray-blue, under glaze.

Published References
  • Impressions: The Journal of the Japanese Art Society of America. no. 39 Lexington, MA, 2018. p. 138, fig. 8.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum