Tea caddy, bunrin type

Artist: Attributed to Raku Ichinyu (1640-1696)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 17th century
Earthenware with Black Raku and green glazes; ivory lid
Raku or Oshikoji ware
H x Diam (assembled): 5.9 × 6.5 cm (2 5/16 × 2 9/16 in)
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea caddy (chaire)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Raku ware, tea

To 1900
Kano Oshima, to 1900 [1]

From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Kano Oshima in 1900 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 835, 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)

Kano Oshima (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


This round jar replicates a Chinese tea caddy form known as “apple.” When acquired, the unmarked jar was attributed to Ichinyu (1640–1696), fourth head of the Raku workshop. Alternatively, it may be a product of the mysterious Oshikoji workshop, also in Kyoto, which during the seventeenth century made lead-glazed earthenware using technology introduced from China. Few Oshikoji wares have been identified, although the name appears in reliable documents.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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