Tea caddy in the shape of a rice bale

Tea caddy in the shape of a rice bail (tawara). Mishima technique.
Clay: soft, grayish.
Glaze: bright, thin, bluish-gray.
Decoration: inlaid with white, under glaze.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1800-1850
Medium
Stoneware with white slip inlaid under translucent ash glaze; lacquered wooden lid
Style
Kyoto or Kyushu ware
Dimensions
H x W: 6.5 x 6.9 cm (2 9/16 x 2 11/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1900.95a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea caddy (chaire)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Kyoto ware, Kyushu-related ware, stoneware, tea, white slip
Provenance

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]

Notes:

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

[2] See Original Pottery List, L. 810, 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

Description

Tea caddy in the shape of a rice bail (tawara). Mishima technique.
Clay: soft, grayish.
Glaze: bright, thin, bluish-gray.
Decoration: inlaid with white, under glaze.

Label

This small jar was formed by hand in the rounded shape of a straw-wrapped bail of rice. The rice-bail shape originated in Korean ceramics as a bottle form. In this miniature version of that form, delicate impressed and incised patterns have been filled with liquid white clay (slip). A thick white glaze partially obscures the patterns. The lacquer lid seems patterned after Southeast Asian lacquer decoration from Thailand or Burma.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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