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 W: 22.4 x 19.1 cm (8 13/16 x 7 1/2 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Takeo, Okusano kiln
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
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)

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
Rights Statement

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