Tamba ware sake bottle

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 19th century
Medium
Stoneware with white slip and iron pigment under clear glaze
Style
Tamba ware
Dimensions
H x W: 19 x 8.9 cm (7 1/2 x 3 1/2 in)
Geography
Japan, Hyogo prefecture, Tachikui
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1901.147
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bottle

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), gourd, iron pigment, Japan, sake, stoneware, Tamba ware, white slip, wine
Provenance

To 1901
Yamanaka & Company, to 1901 [1]

From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1901 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 1042, 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.

[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)

Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

Tachikui potters made inventive use of basic glazes to create distinctively decorated sake bottles. The bottle with iron pigment spattered over white slip bears the maker's impressed seal, reading Jin, on the base.

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