Tea ceremony water jar

Light gray clay, brown on surface, stained under glaze. Two sculpted handles. Large swags of thick iron slip, poured onto inverted vessel, producing green tint where iron has dissolved into ash glaze; ash glaze, taking on yellowish tonality from stained body, is greenish where thick, crackled. Base glazed inside foot; Shino-type feldspathic glaze. Gold lacquer repairs to vertical firing cracks; chips on handles and lip.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1680-1700
Medium
Stoneware with iron slip under ash glaze; gold lacquer repairs
Style
Ofuke-related ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 19.4 x 20.1 x 20.1 cm (7 5/8 x 7 15/16 x 7 15/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1898.2
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea ceremony water jar (mizusashi)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, lacquer repair, Ofuke ware, slip, stoneware, tea, water
Provenance

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]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 49, 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)

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

Description

Light gray clay, brown on surface, stained under glaze. Two sculpted handles. Large swags of thick iron slip, poured onto inverted vessel, producing green tint where iron has dissolved into ash glaze; ash glaze, taking on yellowish tonality from stained body, is greenish where thick, crackled. Base glazed inside foot; Shino-type feldspathic glaze. Gold lacquer repairs to vertical firing cracks; chips on handles and lip.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 48, p. 123.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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