Seto ware vase with large geometric handles

Buff clay. String-cut base. Two handles. Opaque white glaze on upper body and handles, applied in two layers, crackled; thin iron glaze on lower body, partially wiped off lower wall and base. Drips of cobalt blue and iron brown glaze on front, over vertical indentation; accents of iron glaze on handle bosses.

Historical period(s)
Meiji era, 1870-1890
Medium
Stoneware with white, iron-brown, and cobalt-blue glazes
Style
Seto ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 27.2 x 18.6 x 18.6 cm (10 11/16 x 7 5/16 x 7 5/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Seto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1898.483
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Vase

Keywords
Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), Seto ware, stoneware
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. 54, 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)

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

Description

Buff clay. String-cut base. Two handles. Opaque white glaze on upper body and handles, applied in two layers, crackled; thin iron glaze on lower body, partially wiped off lower wall and base. Drips of cobalt blue and iron brown glaze on front, over vertical indentation; accents of iron glaze on handle bosses.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. p. 161, no. 80.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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