Historical period(s)
Joseon period, second half of 15th-first half of 16th century
Medium
Stoneware with white inlay under clear glaze; silver lacquer repairs
Style
Buncheong ware, Gyeryongsan type
Dimensions
H x W: 6 x 20.8 cm (2 3/8 x 8 3/16 in)
Geography
Korea, Chungcheongnam-do province, Gongju city, Hakbong-ri village, Gyeryongsan kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1904.115
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bowl

Keywords
Buncheong ware, clear glaze, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, lacquer repair, stoneware, white inlay
Provenance

To 1904Yamanaka & Company, to 1904 [1]From 1904 to 1919Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1904 [2]From 1920Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]Notes:[1] Undated folder sheet note. Also see Original Pottery List, L. 1293, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. The majority of Charles Lang Freer’s purchases from Yamanaka & Company were made at its New York branch. Yamanaka & Company maintained branch offices, at various times, in Boston, Chicago, London, Peking, Shanghai, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. During the summer, the company also maintained seasonal locations in Newport, Bar Harbor, and Atlantic City.[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)

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

Label

The thick white slip was only partially brushed from the interior, obscuring the stamped overall "rope curtain" pattern, accented at the rim with hand-carved hatching. An illegible stamped character indicates that the bowl was made for use as tableware in a government office. In Japan, where it was carefully repaired with silver lacquer, its fresh color and open shape would have suited it for use as a summer tea bowl.

Published References

Sekai toji zenshu (Catalogue of the World's Ceramics). 19 vols., Tokyo, 1976-1982. pls. 242-243.Robert L. Hobson, Edward S. Morse, Rose Sickler Williams. Chinese, Corean, and Japanese Potteries: Descriptive Catalogue of the Loan Exhibition. Exh. cat. New York, March 2-21, 1914. cat. 123.Louise Allison Cort. Korean Influences in Japanese Ceramics. vol. 15, no. 5 Hong Kong, May 1984. p. 20.Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Washington, D.C. no. 4.5, p. 37.

Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
Google Cultural Institute
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