Tea caddy, katatsuki type

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1625-1650
Stoneware with iron glaze; ivory lid.
Shidoro ware
H x Diam: 9.5 × 7.2 cm (3 3/4 × 2 13/16 in)
Japan, Shizuoka prefecture, Shidoro kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea caddy (katatsuki chaire)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Shidoro ware, stoneware, tea

Collection of Soryu, Kyoto [1]

Tashiro [2]

To 1901
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, purchased from Mr. Tashiro, to 1901 [3]

From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1901 [4]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [5]


[1] Curatorial Remarks, Envelope File: "Formerly was in possession of famous 'Chajin' So Riu of Kioto. Date about 1600. Bought from Mr. Tashiro." B. M. (--B. Matsuki). The "Kyoto tea man Soryu," to whom Matsuki referred [in the Envelope File note] is probably Kosetsu Soryu (1595-1666), a Sakai native who became a monk of the Daitokuji Rinzai Zen sect, studied under Takuan and Kogetsu Sogan, and served as the 181st abbot of Daitokuji. He was well known as a painter and calligrapher. His ownership of the object can be neither confirmed nor denied (see Curatorial remark 6, Louise A. Cort, 1987, in the object record).

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1.

[4] See Original Pottery List, L. 1066, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[5] 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)

Kosetsu Soryu 1595-1666
Tashiro Genya 1811-1889
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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