Mino or Seto ware ewer, used as tea caddy

Light gray clay. String-cut base. Two lugs on shoulder. Iron glaze covering the body nearly to the foot, splashed over shoulder with ash glaze that has matured on one side as translucent amber, streaked with opaque creamy yellow edged with blue. Base coated with iron wash. Inside glazed.

Historical period(s)
Muromachi period, 1480-1490
Medium
Stoneware with iron and ash glazes; ivory lid
Style
Seto ware
Dimensions
H x Diam: 8 × 11.1 cm (3 1/8 × 4 3/8 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1897.41a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Ewer or tea caddy

Keywords
Japan, Muromachi period (1333 - 1573), Seto ware, stoneware, tea
Provenance

To 1897
Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1897 [1]

From 1897 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1897 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 723, 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)

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

Description

Light gray clay. String-cut base. Two lugs on shoulder. Iron glaze covering the body nearly to the foot, splashed over shoulder with ash glaze that has matured on one side as translucent amber, streaked with opaque creamy yellow edged with blue. Base coated with iron wash. Inside glazed.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. p. 23, fig. 20.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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