Tea-leaf storage jar

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 19th century
Medium
Stoneware with rice-straw-ash glaze, flecked with copper-green
Style
Shigaraki ware
Dimensions
H x Diam: 30.3 × 25.4 cm (11 15/16 × 10 in)
Geography
Japan, Shiga prefecture, Shigaraki
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1898.482
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea-leaf storage jar (chatsubo)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Shigaraki ware, stoneware, tea
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. 52, 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

Label

Eyecatching sets of tea-leaf storage jars in matching glazes were displayed in storefronts of tea merchants and held varieties of bulk teas for sale. The Shigaraki kilns were known for such jars, which bore white, copper-green, cobalt-blue, or black glaze. On this jar, spots of copper pigment flecking the white glaze suggest the potter may have intended for the glaze to appear green, although the firing in the kiln did not melt the copper. Seto kilns also used the white rice-straw-ash glaze, and the exact source of this jar is not yet known.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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