Tea caddy (imo-no-ko type)

Buff clay, darkened on surface by use, with irregular streaks of orange oxidation. String-cut base. Iron glaze with splashes of opaque khaki brown ash glaze, over-fired and almost lost from outside, intact on inside.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1625-1675
Medium
Stoneware with overfired ash glaze; ivory lid
Style
Seto ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7.6 x 8 x 8 cm (3 x 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture, Heiji kiln
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1901.55a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea caddy (imo-no-ko chaire)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Seto ware, stoneware, tea
Provenance

To 1901
Siegfried Bing (1838-1905), to 1901 [1]

From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Siegfried Bing in 1901

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 934, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[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)

Siegfried Bing (C.L. Freer source) 1838-1905
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Buff clay, darkened on surface by use, with irregular streaks of orange oxidation. String-cut base. Iron glaze with splashes of opaque khaki brown ash glaze, over-fired and almost lost from outside, intact on inside.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 52, p. 127.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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