Historical period(s)
Momoyama period, 1596-1615
Stoneware with rice-straw-ash glaze; ivory lid
Karatsu ware
H x W: 6 x 7.3 cm (2 3/8 x 2 7/8 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea caddy (chaire)

Japan, Karatsu ware, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615), stoneware, tea

Possibly Hayashi Tadamasa (1853-1906) [1]

To 1914
William Baumgarten and Company, New York to 1914 [2]

From 1914 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from William Baumgarten and Company in 1914 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]


[1] See Curatorial Remarks, Louise A. Cort, 1986, in the object record.

[2] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 2387, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] 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)

William Baumgarten and Company (C.L. Freer source)
Hayashi Tadamasa 1853-1906
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 159.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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