Gourd-shaped tea caddy with two lugs

Buff clay. String-cut base. Two lugs on shoulder. One large and three small indentations evenly spaced around lower body. Cross-shaped mark incised on base. Iron glaze, appearing rust brown with gritty texture where thin, lustrous dark brown where thick. Inside unglazed.

Maker(s)
Artist: Mark of Moemon
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1650-1725
Medium
Stoneware with iron glaze; ivory lid
Style
Seto or Kyoto ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 6.7 x 7.7 x 7.7 cm (2 5/8 x 3 1/16 x 3 1/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Aichi prefecture or Kyoto prefecture, Seto or Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1902.189a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea caddy (hyotan chaire)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Kyoto ware, 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. 1172, 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

Buff clay. String-cut base. Two lugs on shoulder. One large and three small indentations evenly spaced around lower body. Cross-shaped mark incised on base. Iron glaze, appearing rust brown with gritty texture where thin, lustrous dark brown where thick. Inside unglazed.

Inscription(s)

The cross-shaped mark incised on the base of this jar imitates the mark allegedly used by the potter Mo'emon, sometimes identified as one of the "Six Masters of Seto" said to have been authorized by Oda Nobunaga in 1563 to use personal marks on their pieces.

Marking(s)

Incised mark: [Jap], on base, over string-cut.

Published References
  • Linda Merrill. The Peacock Room: A Cultural Biography. Washington and New Haven. p. 99, fig. 2.17.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 61, p. 137.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum