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Tea bowl with design of autumn grasses

Tea bowl (chawan)
Artist: Kashu Mimpei (1796-1871)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, mid 19th century
Stoneware with enamels over clear colorless glaze
Mimpei ware
H x Diam: 7.6 x 12.4 cm (3 x 4 7/8 in)
Japan, Hyogo prefecture, Awaji island
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Tea-bowl, ovoidal; deep flaring foot, notched.
Clay: hard, dense, whitish.
Glaze: lustrous warm cream, finely crackled.
Decorations: floral, enameled in colors and gold, over glaze.
Seal: Mimpei.

Seal: Mimpei

The flowering autumnal plants on this tea bowl continue an ancient motif favored on enamel decorated Kyoto and Kyoto-style ceramics, as well as on decorated lacquer and textiles. The decorator was skilled at naturalistic rendering of the chrysanthemums, pampas grass, and other plants.

To 1893
Tozo Takayanagi, New York to 1893 [1]

From 1893 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tozo Takayanagi in 1893 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 300, 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.

Former owner
Takayanagi Tozo (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
autumn, Edo period (1615 - 1868), flower, grass, Japan, Mimpei ware, stoneware, tea
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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