Karamono tea caddy, bunrin type

Tea caddy, taikai shape (taikai chaire [Jpn]).
Small chip in rim. Ivory lid
Clay: fine, light-weight, grayish. Glossy reddish-brown on surface.
Glaze: rich reddish-brown, splashed with gray-green and dull yellow. Two thin layers of glaze. Interior partially glazed, probably by accident.

Historical period(s)
Southern Song to Ming dynasty, 13th-15th century
Medium
Stoneware with iron and ash glazes; ivory lid
Dimensions
H x W: 5.1 x 6.5 cm (2 x 2 9/16 in)
Geography
China, Possibly Fujian province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1897.42a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea caddy (karamono taikai chaire)

Keywords
brown and black glaze, China, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279), 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. 724, 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)

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

Description

Tea caddy, taikai shape (taikai chaire [Jpn]).
Small chip in rim. Ivory lid
Clay: fine, light-weight, grayish. Glossy reddish-brown on surface.
Glaze: rich reddish-brown, splashed with gray-green and dull yellow. Two thin layers of glaze. Interior partially glazed, probably by accident.

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