Yamanaka & Company, to 1900 
From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1900 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 673, 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.
 See note 1.
 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
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source) 1917 - 1965
Bowl, broad, ovoidal, with notched rim; six notches; low foot with three spur marks underneath.
Clay: hard, fine, with clear bell tone.
Glaze: soft, luminous gray-green celadon.
Decoration: molded in paste under glaze: peony blossom in bottom, stem extending toward rim, foliage filling sides. Single incised line below rim.
The original description of this bowl as Juko celadon by Yamanaka and Company, who sold it to Freer in 1900, is indicative of the vagueness of the use of the term in Meiji-period (1868-1912) Japan, when fascination with Western culture temporarily obscured much traditional lore of the tea ceremony. At the same time, the bowl was correctly identified as being Korean of the Koryo dynasty. Apparently the term Juko celadon was applied to any imported celadon of cursory workmanship, regardless of the country of origin.
- Published References
- Louise Allison Cort. Korean Ceramics in the Freer Gallery of Art. .
- Sekai toji zenshu [Catalogue of the World's Ceramics]. 19 vols., Tokyo, 1976-1982. cats. 226-227, vol. 19: pp. 191, 204-213.
- Collection Area(s)
- Korean Art
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