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Minato ware tea pot

Teapot (dobin)
Artist: Ueda Kichibei (died ca. 1861-64)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, mid-19th century
Earthenware with lead glaze; copper chain, copper and rattan handle
Minato ware
H x W: 12.6 x 15 cm (4 15/16 x 5 7/8 in)
Japan, Osaka prefecture, Sakai
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number

To 1897
Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1897 [1]

From 1897 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1897 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 178, 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
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
earthenware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Minato ware, tea
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

We are excited to reopen the Freer on October 7, 2017, following a renovation to allow us to better present our art and serve our visitors.
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