Sake bottle

Buff clay, darkened on surface by use.
Iron glaze, appearing black with silvery crystallization; second coat of reddish brown glaze over neck and shoulder, running and streaking. Thin coat of glaze on base, wiped off except for indented center.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1700-1800
Medium
Stoneware with iron glazes
Style
Mino ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 22.6 x 12.3 x 12.3 cm (8 7/8 x 4 13/16 x 4 13/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Gifu prefecture, Toki city, Kujiri
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1909.136
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Sake bottle (tokkuri)

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Mino ware, sake, stoneware, wine
Provenance

To 1909
Hara Tomitaro (1868-1939), Yokohama, Japan, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Hara Tomitaro in 1909 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2050, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Hara Tomitaro is better known by his artistic name, Hara Sankei.

[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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Hara Tomitaro (C.L. Freer source) 1868-1939

Description

Buff clay, darkened on surface by use.
Iron glaze, appearing black with silvery crystallization; second coat of reddish brown glaze over neck and shoulder, running and streaking. Thin coat of glaze on base, wiped off except for indented center.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 94, pp. 43, 182.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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