Tea bowl with design of autumn grasses

Tea-bowl, ovoidal; deep flaring foot, notched.
Clay: hard, dense, whitish.
Glaze: lustrous warm cream, finely crackled.
Decorations: floral, enameled in colors and gold, over glaze.
Seal: Mimpei.

Maker(s)
Artist: Kashu Mimpei (1796-1871)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, mid 19th century
Medium
Stoneware with enamels over clear colorless glaze
Style
Mimpei ware
Dimensions
H x Diam: 7.6 x 12.4 cm (3 x 4 7/8 in)
Geography
Japan, Hyogo prefecture, Awaji island
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1893.9
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea bowl (chawan)

Keywords
autumn, Edo period (1615 - 1868), flower, grass, Japan, Mimpei ware, stoneware, tea
Provenance

To 1893
Tozo Takayanagi, New York to 1893 [1]

From 1893 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tozo Takayanagi in 1893 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 300, 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

Tea-bowl, ovoidal; deep flaring foot, notched.
Clay: hard, dense, whitish.
Glaze: lustrous warm cream, finely crackled.
Decorations: floral, enameled in colors and gold, over glaze.
Seal: Mimpei.

Marking(s)

Seal: Mimpei

Label

The flowering autumnal plants on this tea bowl continue an ancient motif favored on enamel decorated Kyoto and Kyoto-style ceramics, as well as on decorated lacquer and textiles. The decorator was skilled at naturalistic rendering of the chrysanthemums, pampas grass, and other plants.

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

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