Yamanaka & Company, to 1901 
From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1901 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Pottery List, L. 1025, 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.
 See note 1.
 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)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source) 1917-1965
Light buff clay, concealed by iron wash. String-cut base. Opaque reddish brown iron glaze ("persimmon"); shouler coated with black iron glaze running down fromt of jar to base in three trails. Inside glazed.
Little iron-glazed jars probably traveled from China to Japan as containers for medicines and other materials, but in Japan they were used for holding the small quantity of tea freshly ground just before serving. Chinese jars were highly valued, but the kilns at Seto and Mino also produce faithful copies, some of which acquired their own prominence. This jar is a later version of a well-known 16th century Seto tea caddy given the name "Hirosawa" by the tea master Kobori Enshu (1579-1647), referring to a classical poem about autumn moonlight on Hirosawa Pond in Kyoto. Such naming was customary for tea-leaf storage jars, bowls, caddies, and other favored utensils.
- Published References
- Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 59, p. 36.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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