Korakuen ware tea bowl

Tea-bowl, low foot. Gold lacquer repair.
Clay: soft buff-gray, Raku type.
Glaze: brilliant sealing-wax red, with semi-transparent crackled overflow of yellowish gray-white, shot with greenish gray.

Maker(s)
Artist: Yasuke Kyuraku II
Historical period(s)
Edo period, circa 1830-40
Medium
Earthenware with Red Raku glaze
Style
Korakuen ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7.3 x 11.7 x 11.7 cm (2 7/8 x 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 in)
Geography
Japan, Tokyo
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1895.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea bowl

Keywords
earthenware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Korakuen ware, tea
Provenance

To 1895
Tozo Takayanagi, New York to 1895 [1]

From 1895 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tozo Takayanagi in 1895 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 305, 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, low foot. Gold lacquer repair.
Clay: soft buff-gray, Raku type.
Glaze: brilliant sealing-wax red, with semi-transparent crackled overflow of yellowish gray-white, shot with greenish gray.

Inscription(s)

Incised cipher "Kyu"

Marking(s)

Seal: "Koraku"

Published References
  • Daniel Rhodes. Clay and Glazes for the Potter. Arts and Crafts Series New York. pp. 144-145.
  • Morgan Pitelka. Handmade Culture: Raku Potters, Patrons, and Tea Practitioners in Japan. Honolulu. p. 146, fig. 6.2.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum