Tea bowl

Bowl, ovoidal, with two sides compressed; bold basal ring. Seven spur-marks, inside. Gold lacquer repairs.
Clay: hard, grayish, sonant, porcelain.
Glaze: Clear glaze, appearing predominantly cream, merging with gray, tan, and faint green; close dark crackle. Glaze ends on base above foot except in one area where it covers top of foot.

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Historical period(s)
Joseon period, second half 16th century
Medium
Stoneware (unvitrified porcelain) with clear glaze; lacquer repairs
Dimensions
H x Diam: 8.3 × 17.3 cm (3 1/4 × 6 13/16 in)
Geography
Korea, Eastern Gyeongsangnam-do province, Kimhae or Yangsan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1896.87
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea bowl (koraijawan)

Keywords
clear glaze, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, lacquer repair, stoneware, tea, unvitrified porcelain
Provenance

To 1896
Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1896 [1]

From 1896 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1896 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 476, 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) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source) 1917 - 1965

Description

Bowl, ovoidal, with two sides compressed; bold basal ring. Seven spur-marks, inside. Gold lacquer repairs.
Clay: hard, grayish, sonant, porcelain.
Glaze: Clear glaze, appearing predominantly cream, merging with gray, tan, and faint green; close dark crackle. Glaze ends on base above foot except in one area where it covers top of foot.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Korean Ceramics in the Freer Gallery of Art. .
  • Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Washington. no. 2.1, p. 17.
Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics in the Freer Gallery of Art
Google Cultural Institute
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