Tea caddy

Buff clay, darkened on surface by use. Diagonal indentation on shoulder, probably accidental. String-cut base, worn smooth. Mottled iron glaze nearly black where thick, rust brown where thin. Inside unglazed except for accidental spills of glaze inside mouth.

Historical period(s)
Muromachi period, 1480-1500
Medium
Stoneware with iron glaze; ivory lid
Style
Seto ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 8 x 7.1 x 7.1 cm (3 1/8 x 2 13/16 x 2 13/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1902.186a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea caddy (chaire)

Keywords
Japan, Muromachi period (1333 - 1573), Seto ware, stoneware, tea
Provenance

To 1902
Shozo Kato, London to 1902 [1]

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Shozo Kato, London in 1902 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1169, 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)

Shozo Kato 1851-1930
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Buff clay, darkened on surface by use. Diagonal indentation on shoulder, probably accidental. String-cut base, worn smooth. Mottled iron glaze nearly black where thick, rust brown where thin. Inside unglazed except for accidental spills of glaze inside mouth.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 13, pp. 20, 80.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum