Tea bowl with brushed-slip decoration, Ofuke ware or Kyushu-related ware

Dense, dark brown (Sobokai) clay. White slip brushed thinly in narrow band on outside, broadly and generously on inside, under glaze. Clear glaze with soft sheen, appearing gray over dark clay body, and milky opaque where thick; some pinholes surrounded by pinkish blush. Five irregularly shaped spur marks in bottom; five scars on glazed foot ring.

Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, 1800-1880
Medium
Stoneware with white slip under clear glaze
Style
Ofuke ware or Kyushu-related ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 5.7 x 15 x 15 cm (2 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 5 7/8 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture or Kyushu region
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1898.498
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea bowl

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Kyushu-related ware, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), Ofuke ware, stoneware, tea, white slip
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. 620, 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

Dense, dark brown (Sobokai) clay. White slip brushed thinly in narrow band on outside, broadly and generously on inside, under glaze. Clear glaze with soft sheen, appearing gray over dark clay body, and milky opaque where thick; some pinholes surrounded by pinkish blush. Five irregularly shaped spur marks in bottom; five scars on glazed foot ring.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. p. 160, no. 79.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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