Inkstone box in imitation of Koetsu

Artist: False seal of Hon'ami Kōetsu 本阿弥光悦 (1558-1637)
Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, 19th century
Raku-type earthenware with pigments under lead glaze
Raku ware, unknown workshop
H x W: 9.7 x 23.2 cm (3 13/16 x 9 1/8 in)
Japan, Tokyo
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Container

Inkstone box (suzuribako)

earthenware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, landscape, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), moon, mountain, Raku ware

Possibly Hachisuka Collection [1]

Ikeda Seisuke (1839-1900), Kyoto, reportedly purchased in Tokushima, province of Awa, circa 1885 [2]

To 1900
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1900 [3]

From 1900 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1900 [4]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [5]


[1] See Curatorial Remark 7, L.A. Cort, 1986, in the object record, for information regarding the possibility that this object was formerly in the Lord Hachisuka Collection.

[2] According to Curatorial Remark 5, an Envelope File note, in the object record: "Bunkio Matsuki, 1900: "Old Mr. Ikeda purchased about 15 years ago in Tokushima, Province of Awa."

[3] See Original Pottery List, L. 790, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[4] See note 3.

[5] 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.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Hachisuka Collection
Ikeda Seisuke 1839-1900
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940

Published References
  • , no. 39 Lexington, Massachusetts, 2018. p. 155, fig. 35.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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