Tea caddy, katatsuki type

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1625-1650
Stoneware with iron glaze; ivory lid.
Shidoro ware
H x W (overall): 9.5 x 7.2 cm (3 3/4 x 2 13/16 in)
Japan, Shizuoka prefecture, Shidoro kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
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
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