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Korakuen ware tea bowl

Tea bowl
Artist: Yasuke Kyuraku II
Historical period(s)
Edo period, circa 1830-40
Earthenware with Red Raku glaze
Korakuen ware
H x W x D: 7.3 x 11.7 x 11.7 cm (2 7/8 x 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 in)
Japan, Tokyo
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Tea-bowl, low foot. Gold lacquer repair.
Clay: soft buff-gray, Raku type.
Glaze: brilliant sealing-wax red, with semi-transparent crackled overflow of yellowish gray-white, shot with greenish gray.

Incised cipher "Kyu"

Seal: "Koraku"

To 1895
Tozo Takayanagi, New York to 1895 [1]

From 1895 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tozo Takayanagi in 1895 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 305, 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
earthenware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Korakuen ware, tea
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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