Ladle stand in style of Chinese bronze

Artist: Eiraku Hozen 永楽保全 (1795-1854)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1839
Unglazed burnished earthenware with gold leaf
Kyoto ware
H x Diam: 18.4 x 10.4 cm (7 1/4 x 4 1/8 in)
Japan, Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Ladle stand (shakutate)

earthenware, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, Kyoto ware

To 1901
Japanese Trading Company, New York to 1901 [1]

From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Japanese Trading Company in 1901 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 976, 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.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Japanese Trading Company (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


In formal tea gatherings, a ladle stand holds the bamboo water ladle and the iron tongs used for arranging charcoal in the hearth or brazier. In 1839, Eiraku Hozen made thirty earthenware replicas of a Chinese bronze ladle stand once owned by the tea master Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591), to be distributed as gifts commemorating the seventieth birthday of Hozen's father. This may be a test piece for that project, in which burnished and smoke-blackened earthenware simulated the patina of bronze.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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