Korakuen ware tea bowl with design of Mt. Fuji

Artist: Probably by Raku Tannyū (1795-1854)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 19th century
Earthenware with Black Raku and white glazes
Korakuen ware
H x Diam: 9.2 × 11.7 cm (3 5/8 × 4 5/8 in)
Japan, Tokyo
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl

earthenware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Korakuen ware, Mount Fuji, tea

To 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]


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 33, 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


Korakuen garden in Edo (Tokyo), built by the Mito Tokugawa house, still survives in much-reduced form.  The pottery was staffed by several generations of the Raku workshop.  This bowl is probably the work of Raku Tannyu; other bowls with design of Mt. Fuji made by Tannyu at Korakuen also survive.

Published References
  • Morgan Pitelka. Handmade Culture: Raku Potters, Patrons, and Tea Practitioners in Japan. Honolulu. pl. 11.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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