Tea-leaf storage jar with four lugs and “Sobokai” mark

Fine-grained, medium gray clay, darkened on surface by use. Concentrically trimmed base, slightly concave. Four lugs on shoulder. Inscription, “Sobokai,” incised on base. Iron glaze applied by ladle to inverted jar, creating swagged contour; ash glaze appled in thin band only to shoulder, running in irregular trails onto body and breaking, in places on shoulder, into yellow-brown patches with bluish edges. Inside unglazed.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1630-1750
Medium
Stoneware with iron and ash glazes
Style
Seto-related ware
Dimensions
H x Diam: 25.7 × 21.3 cm (10 1/8 × 8 3/8 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1898.450
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea-leaf storage jar (chatsubo)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Seto ware, stoneware, tea
Provenance

To 1898
Yamanaka & Company, New York 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. 26, 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)

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

Description

Fine-grained, medium gray clay, darkened on surface by use. Concentrically trimmed base, slightly concave. Four lugs on shoulder. Inscription, "Sobokai," incised on base. Iron glaze applied by ladle to inverted jar, creating swagged contour; ash glaze appled in thin band only to shoulder, running in irregular trails onto body and breaking, in places on shoulder, into yellow-brown patches with bluish edges. Inside unglazed.

Inscription(s)

Inscription "Sobokai" is carved on base.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 50, p. 125.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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