Incense burner used as tea caddy

Fine-grained, light gray clay. Concentrically trimmed base. Three incised concentric grooves on horizontal shoulder. Dull brown iron glaze mottled with ochre. Four finger marks in glaze at base. Inside glazed.

Historical period(s)
Momoyama period, 1607-1615
Medium
Stoneware with iron glaze; ivory lid.
Style
Mino or Seto ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 6.8 x 7.2 x 7.2 cm (2 11/16 x 2 13/16 x 2 13/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Gifu prefecture or Aichi prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1902.188a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea caddy (chaire) or incense burner

Keywords
Japan, Mino ware, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615), Seto ware, stoneware, tea
Provenance

To 1902
Michael Tomkinson (1841-1921), Kidderminster, England, to 1902 [1]

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Michael Tomkinson in 1902 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1171, 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)

Michael Tomkinson (C.L. Freer source) 1841 - 1921
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Fine-grained, light gray clay. Concentrically trimmed base. Three incised concentric grooves on horizontal shoulder. Dull brown iron glaze mottled with ochre. Four finger marks in glaze at base. Inside glazed.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 149.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 44, p. 117.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum