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Tea bowl

Type
Tea bowl (koraijawan)
Historical period(s)
Joseon period, end of 16th-early 17th century
Medium
Porcelain with transparent glaze; gold lacquer repairs
Dimension(s)
H x W: 7.5 x 16.7 cm (2 15/16 x 6 9/16 in)
Geography
Korea, Gyeongsangnam-do province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1897.81
Label
Thick, imperfectly melted glaze on this bowl creates a varied texture over the roughly trimmed porcelain clay.

Prince of Kaga Collection, Kanazawa, Japan [1]

To 1897
Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1897 [2]

From 1897 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1897 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]

Notes:

[1] This is one of ten tea bowls (F1897.81 - F1897.90) acquired as a group from the former collection of the "Prince of Kaga." presumably the last head of the Maeda house, the daimyo family that had served as feudal lords of Kaga Province (now part of Ishikawa prefecture, centering around the castle town of Kanazawa) since the beginning of the 17th century (see Curatorial Remark 5, Louise Cort, 1982, in the object record, as well as F1897.89a-c, Curatorial Remark 10, Louise Cort, September 1982).

[2] See Original Pottery List, L. 683, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] 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
Maeda daimyo of Kaga
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Keyword(s)
clear glaze, Japan, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, lacquer repair, porcelain, tea
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Korean Ceramics, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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