Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1640-1700
Stoneware with white slip under clear glaze
Karatsu ware, Takeo Karatsu type
H x W: 38.9 x 33.7 cm (15 5/16 x 13 1/4 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Takeo, Takeo Karatsu kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Karatsu ware, Takeo Karatsu type, stoneware, white slip

To 1898
Yamanaka & Company, to 1898 [1]

From 1898 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1898 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 19, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. The majority of Charles Lang Freer’s purchases from Yamanaka & Company were made at its New York branch. Yamanaka & Company maintained branch offices, at various times, in Boston, Chicago, London, Peking, Shanghai, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. During the summer, the company also maintained seasonal locations in Newport, Bar Harbor, and Atlantic City.

[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

Published References
  • Tomohiko Harada Nakazato Tarouemon XII. Karatsu, Takatori. Nihon no yakimono, 3, 4th ed. Kyoto. .
  • Mizumachi Wasaburo Nabeshima Naoyasu. Karatsu Ceramics. Tokyo. .
  • Encyclopedia Britannica., 14th ed. New York. pp. 48-49, pl. 42, no. 3.
  • Robert L. Hobson, Edward S. Morse, Rose Sickler Williams. Chinese, Corean, and Japanese Potteries: Descriptive Catalogue of the Loan Exhibition. Exh. cat. New York, March 2-21, 1914. pp. 127-128, no. 94.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
The Story of the Beautiful
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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