Tea bowl, copy of Kaga Koetsu, named Chigusa, unknown Raku ware workshop

Artist: Style of Hon'ami Kōetsu 本阿弥光悦 , by an unknown professional potter (1558-1637)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 19th century
Earthenware with red slip under clear lead glaze
Raku ware, unknown workshop
H x W: 9.9 x 13 cm (3 7/8 x 5 1/8 in)
Japan, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl

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

Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900), Kyoto [1]

To 1900
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1900 [2]

From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1900 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]


[1] According to Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See Original Pottery List, L. 793, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] 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)

Ikeda Seisuke 1839-1900
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940


The tea bowl named Kaga Koetsu is perhaps the most frequently copied tea bowl of those made by Hon'ami Koetsu (1558-1637). Details of this copy, including faithful replication of the scar on the base created by a circular firing support, suggest that its maker (probably a professional potter) had studied the original.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
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