Tea bowl with design of a garden, Arita ware

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1660-1700
Stoneware with white slip and cobalt pigment under clear glaze
Arita ware, totai sometsuke type
H x W: 8 x 12.4 cm (3 1/8 x 4 7/8 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl

Arita ware, butterfly, Edo period (1615 - 1868), flower, garden, Japan, stoneware, 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. 806, 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 Arita kilns are best known for producing white-bodied porcelain decorated with cobalt in the Chinese style. This unusual tea bowl combines cobalt designs with a dark stoneware body. Applying white clay solution over the dark body produced a muted “antique” appearance further emphasized by the crackle in the glaze. This type of ware appears to have been produced at Arita kilns during a brief period and for an audience of tea ceramic connoisseurs.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
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