Tea bowl in Korean style, Karatsu ware

Light brown clay, darkened on exposed surface.
Clear glaze, gray-green and suffused with opalescent blue where thick. Glaze applied by dipping bowl three times, forming irregular outline around foot. Irregular patch of glaze on foot.
Two gold lacquer repairs on lip and vertical crack.

Historical period(s)
Momoyama or Edo period, 1600-1620
Medium
Stoneware with wood-ash glaze; gold lacquer repairs
Style
Agano or Takatori ware
Dimensions
H x Diam: 8.8 x 15.4 cm (3 7/16 x 6 1/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Fukuoka prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1898.131
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea bowl

Keywords
Agano ware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, lacquer repair, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615), stoneware, Takatori ware, tea
Provenance

1898
A.D. Vorce and Co., Hartford, CT, to 1898 [1]

From 1898 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from A.D. Vorce and Co. in 1898 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 327, 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)

A. D. Vorce and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Light brown clay, darkened on exposed surface.
Clear glaze, gray-green and suffused with opalescent blue where thick. Glaze applied by dipping bowl three times, forming irregular outline around foot. Irregular patch of glaze on foot.
Two gold lacquer repairs on lip and vertical crack.

Label

According to recent archaeology, Korean potters in the Karatsu region of Japan introduced this type of light-bodied stoneware with clear wood-ash glaze. It was used for tea bowls as well as for dishes, bowls, and other tablewares.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 45, p. 120.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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