Tea bowl, unknown Raku ware workshop

Raku type ware, unknown kiln.
Tea-bowl, very deep cylindrical; low foot. Gold lacquer repairs.
Clay: soft, dense, grayish.
Glaze: brilliant thick black, revealing yellow under.
Inscription incised in paste.

Maker(s)
Artist: Dosai or Doraku (dates unknown)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 19th century
Medium
Raku-type clay with Black Raku glaze; gold lacquer repairs
Style
Raku ware, unknown workshop
Dimensions
H x Diam: 13.4 × 12 cm (5 1/4 × 4 3/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1894.16
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea bowl

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, lacquer repair, Raku ware, tea
Provenance

To 1894
Tozo Takayanagi, New York to 1894 [1]

From 1894 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tozo Takayanagi in 1894 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 304, 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

Raku type ware, unknown kiln.
Tea-bowl, very deep cylindrical; low foot. Gold lacquer repairs.
Clay: soft, dense, grayish.
Glaze: brilliant thick black, revealing yellow under.
Inscription incised in paste.

Inscription(s)

The inscription incised in the side of the bowl under the black glaze appears to read:

Yamagami-ko no mei ni yori Dosai saku
[JPN]
Made by Dosai upon order of Lord Yamagami

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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