Sake bottle

Sake bottle (tokkuir) Gold lacquer repairs to break in neck. Finger-hold indentations in two places low on side.
Clay: dense, red. Scars of firing supports around edge of base, which is slightly concave.
Glaze: Thin iron wash covering body. Neck and shoulder dipped in opaque rice-straw ash glaze, which runs in many trails down body.

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Historical period(s)
Edo period, 19th century
Medium
Stoneware with iron slip and rice-straw ash glaze
Style
Seba ware
Dimensions
H x Diam: 21.8 × 13.2 cm (8 9/16 × 5 3/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Nagano prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1899.45
On View Location
Freer Gallery 12: The Peacock Room Comes to America
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Sake bottle (tokkuri)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, rice-straw-ash glaze, sake, Seba ware, stoneware, wine
Provenance

To 1899
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1899 [1]

From 1899 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1899 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 79, 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) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940

Description

Sake bottle (tokkuir) Gold lacquer repairs to break in neck. Finger-hold indentations in two places low on side.
Clay: dense, red. Scars of firing supports around edge of base, which is slightly concave.
Glaze: Thin iron wash covering body. Neck and shoulder dipped in opaque rice-straw ash glaze, which runs in many trails down body.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
The Story of the Beautiful
Google Cultural Institute
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