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Seto ware rectangular plaque with design of scholar

Artist: Inoue Ryokichi
Historical period(s)
Edo period, mid 19th century
Stoneware with cobalt pigment under Shino-type glaze
Seto ware
H x W: 35.8 x 29.1 cm (14 1/8 x 11 7/16 in)
Japan, Aichi prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Wall plaque, quadrilateral, pierced for hanging.
Clay: hard, grayish-white.
Glaze: light gray and gray-white, crackled; closely pitted with brown.
Decoration: in blue, under glaze. Sage in bamboo grove, sitting on dock looking out onto water; attendant preparing tea.

Signature, "Ryokichi" [followed by illegible character], on back.

To 1895
Rufus E. Moore, New York to 1895 [1]

From 1895 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Rufus E. Moore in 1895 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 285, 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
Rufus E. Moore (C.L. Freer source) (1840 - 1918)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Furniture and Furnishing
bamboo, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, sage, scholar, Seto ware, stoneware, tea
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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