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Stoneware with slip
H x Diam: 19.6 × 13.2 cm (7 11/16 × 5 3/16 in)
Bizen ware, Imbe type
Imbe, Okayama prefecture, Japan
17th century
Edo period
Vase with drum-shaped body and elephant head handles.
Clay: gray, fired dark reddish brown; heavily potted.
Glaze: reddish brown mottled with black; yellow splashes and large areas of silver.
Impressed mark.
To 1905
Thomas E. Waggaman (1839-1906), Washington, DC, to 1905 [1]
From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at the sale of the Waggaman Collection, American Art Association, New York, NY, January 25-February 3, 1905 [2]
From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1345, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Also see Curatorial Remark 9, Louise Cort, June 17, 2008, in the object record.
[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.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
The Peacock Room Comes to America [2022] (September 3, 2022 - ongoing)
The Peacock Room Comes to America [2017-2019] (October 14, 2017 to January 2, 2019)
The Peacock Room Comes to America [2011-2016] (April 9, 2011 to January 4, 2016)
James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art—Whistler and the Figure (May 11, 1984 to December 16, 1984)
Previous custodian or owner:
Thomas E. Waggaman (1839-1906)
American Art Association (established 1883) (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
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Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
On View:
Freer Gallery 12: The Peacock Room Comes to America
Related Online Resources:
Google Cultural Institute
The Story of the Beautiful
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery