Karatsu ware vase, Takeo Karatsu type

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1650-1699
Stoneware with white slip under feldspathic glaze
Karatsu ware, Takeo Karatsu type
H x Diam: 22.4 × 19.1 cm (8 13/16 × 7 1/2 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Takeo, Okusano kiln
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Karatsu ware, Takeo Karatsu type, stoneware

To 1904
V. G. Fischer Art Company, Washington, DC, to 1904 [1]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchase, from V. G. Fischer Art Company in 1904 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1283, 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)

V. G. Fischer Art Company (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


Centuries-old Chinese prototypes are evoked in this large vase shape, which once had a large, dish-shaped mouth. Such vases were used for formal floral displays in alcoves of reception rooms. The combination of the slip coating on the cylindrical neck and paired ornamental handles and the slip inlay on the incised and stamped motifs on the bulbous body, under a clear glaze, creates a striking two-color effect.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
SI Usage Statement

Usage Conditions Apply

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

The information presented on this website may be revised and updated at any time as ongoing research progresses or as otherwise warranted. Pending any such revisions and updates, information on this site may be incomplete or inaccurate or may contain typographical errors. Neither the Smithsonian nor its regents, officers, employees, or agents make any representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the information on the site. Use this site and the information provided on it subject to your own judgment. The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery welcome information that would augment or clarify the ownership history of objects in their collections.