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Bottle, Satsuma ware

Sake bottle (tokkuri)
Artist: Decoration attributed to Kano Tangen (1679-1767)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 18th century
Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
Satsuma ware, White Satsuma type
H x Diam: 21.8 x 17.8 cm (8 9/16 x 7 in)
Japan, Kagoshima prefecture, Kagoshima, Hiyamizu kiln
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Bottle (tokkuri [Jpn]), octagonal, ovoidal.
Clay: hard, white.
Glaze: luminous cream-white; variable brown crackle.
Decoration: in grayish tones, under glaze.
The decoration on this bottle is attributed to the artist Kano Tangen, who served as the official painter for the Satsuma domain, where the bottle was made.

To 1892
Tozo Takayanagi, New York to 1892 [1]

From 1892 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Tozo Takayanagi in 1892 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 93, 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
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Satsuma ware, White Satsuma type, stoneware
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
The Story of the Beautiful, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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