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Stoneware with white slip inlaid and dipped under clear glaze; gold lacquer repairs
H x Diam: 7 × 16.7 cm (2 3/4 × 6 9/16 in)
Busan ware
Wakan (Waegwan) kiln, Busan city, Gyeongsangnam-do province, Korea
17th century
Joseon period
Tea bowl, deep conical; depressed foot. Gold lacquer repairs, with makie geometric patterning.
Clay: hard, grayish, resonant. Dark reddish-brown on exposed foot.
Glaze: white slip inlaid and dipped under clear glaze.
Decoration: stamped and incised in paste under glaze, inlaid with slip, on inside: spirals in center; middle band of "cloud" shapes; upper band of "rope-curtain" motifs.
To 1906
Yamanaka & Company, to 1906 [1]
From 1906 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1906 [2]
From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 1457, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. The majority of Charles Lang Freer’s purchases from Yamanaka & Company were made at its New York branch. Yamanaka & Company maintained branch offices, at various times, in Boston, Chicago, London, Peking, Shanghai, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. During the summer, the company also maintained seasonal locations in Newport, Bar Harbor, and Atlantic City.
[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
Previous custodian or owner:
Yamanaka and Co. 山中商会 (1917-1965) (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
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Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
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Korean Ceramics in the Freer Gallery of Art
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery