Ewer

Off-white clay. Three small cylindrical feet on base. Underglaze iron painted decoration of trailing vines on shoulder, trellis on body, palmlike band on bail handle, ferns on lid. Feldspathic glaze, glossy thick and white; think coat of glaze on base; inside glazed. Circular scar in glaze around perimeter of base. Clay: coarse gray stoneware; fired reddish in spots. Glaze: grayish, semi-opaque, crackled, uneven. Decoration: in underglaze iron; trellis, (or shibori-dyed textile) floral motifs; ferns on cover.

Historical period(s)
Momoyama period, 1596-1607
Medium
Stoneware with iron pigment under feldspathic glaze
Style
Mino ware, Shino type
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 16.5 x 22.5 cm (6 1/2 x 8 7/8 in)
Geography
Japan, Gifu prefecture, Toki city, Kujiri village, Motoyashiki Higashi kilns
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1967.16a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Ewer

Keywords
flower, Japan, Mino ware, Shino type, Momoyama period (1573 - 1615), sake, wine, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

Hosomi Kokoan Gallery, Tokyo, Japan [1]

To 1967
Yamanaka and Company, Ltd., Osaka, Japan to 1967 [2]

From 1967
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka and Company, Ltd., Osaka, Japan in 1967 [3]

Notes:

[1] According to Louise Cort's 1985 note, the object was in Hosomi Kokoan's 1963 publication "Kobijitsu wo ikashita hanaike no bi", no. 114. (See curatorial note in database).

[2] See Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s)

Hosomi Kokoan Gallery
Yamanaka and Co. 1917 - 1965

Description

Off-white clay. Three small cylindrical feet on base. Underglaze iron painted decoration of trailing vines on shoulder, trellis on body, palmlike band on bail handle, ferns on lid. Feldspathic glaze, glossy thick and white; think coat of glaze on base; inside glazed. Circular scar in glaze around perimeter of base. Clay: coarse gray stoneware; fired reddish in spots. Glaze: grayish, semi-opaque, crackled, uneven. Decoration: in underglaze iron; trellis, (or shibori-dyed textile) floral motifs; ferns on cover.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 140.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 101, vol. 2: p. 180.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 33, p. 106.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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