Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1650-1670
Porcelain with enamels over clear colorless glaze
Arita ware, early enamel type
H x W: 46.8 x 25.3 cm (18 7/16 x 9 15/16 in)
Japan, Saga prefecture, Arita
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Arita ware, early enamel type, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, porcelain, tree

To 1957
John Sparks, Ltd. London, England. [1]

From 1957
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from John Sparks, Ltd. London, England. [2]


[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

John Sparks, Ltd. 1890-1992


Branches of a tree peony in full bloom, interspersed with disembodied orchid leaves, reach around this massive bottle.  The color scheme of subdued red, green, and yellow pigments was formerly called Ko-Kutani style, but scholars now recognize it as an early phase of enamel-decorated porcelain at Arita, based on Chinese porcelains of the late Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

Published References
  • Zaigai Nihon no Shiho [Japanese Art: Selections from Western Collections]. 10 vols., Tokyo, 1979 - 1980. vol. 9: pl. 50.
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 63.
  • Roger Soame Jenyns. Japanese Porcelain. London. fig. 84b.
  • Hugo Munsterberg. The Ceramic Art of Japan: A Handbook for Collectors., 1st ed. Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo. p. 169, pl. 102.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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