Hand warmer with design of vines

Artist: Nin'ami Dōhachi 仁阿弥道八 (1783-1855)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, early 19th century
Earthenware with red Raku glaze (red slip under clear glaze); red lacquer
Kyoto ware
H x W x D: 23.4 x 30.7 x 30.7 cm (9 3/16 x 12 1/16 x 12 1/16 in)
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto, Gojozaka
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hand warmer (teaburi)

earthenware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Kyoto ware, red slip

To 1899
Yamanaka & Company, to 1899 [1]

From 1899 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1899 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 15, 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)

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


In the unheated brothel rooms, portable charcoal-burning braziers provided warmth for guests. This handwarmer, made of Red Raku pottery, bears a design of a vine with autumnal red leaves worked naturalistically in cinnabar lacquer. Kyoto potter Dohachi collaborated with a lacquerer's workshop to execute this elaborate design. In a touch of hidden luxury, the interior of the lid is coated with gold leaf.

Published References
  • Warren E. Cox. The Book of Pottery and Porcelain. 2 vols., New York. p. 244, pl. 77.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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