Tea cup or individual serving cup in style of Goryeo celadon, fitted with lid for use as tea caddy

Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, 19th century
Stoneware with white slip inlay and cobalt pigment under celadon glaze; gold lacquer repair; ivory lid
Probably Kyoto ware
H x Diam: 7.6 × 6.5 cm (3 × 2 9/16 in)
Japan, Probably Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea cup (yunomi chawan), individual serving cup (mukozuke) or tea caddy (chaire)

cobalt pigment, Edo period (1615 - 1868), green glaze, Japan, Kyoto ware, lacquer repair, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), stoneware, tea, white slip

To 1902
Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1902 [1]

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1902 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1089, 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) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source) 1917 - 1965


A Japanese potter faithfully reproduced the shape and decoration of a twelfth-century Korean Koryo dynasty cup with inlaid decoration. The addition of an ivory lid allowed the cup to be used as a powdered green tea container.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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