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Sake bottle

Label Text

This was one of Freer's earliest Asian ceramics purchases. He acquired it in 1893 from Tozo Takayanagi and regarded it as "very fine." His colleague Edward Sylvester Morse, the Boston scholar and collector, disagreed, however: In 1921 he dismissed it as a modern piece and "not worth a damn." In the Peacock Room in Detroit, the bottle was displayed with other dark, glossy ceramics with rich, varied surfaces.

Object Name

Bottle (tokkuri)

Ware

Shidoro ware

Dated

19th century

Period

Edo period or Meiji era

Medium

Stoneware with ash and iron glazes

Dimensions

HxW: 27.5 x 14.8 cm

Locale

Shidoro kilns

Country

Japan

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

22

Wall

North

Title

Sake bottle

Object Number

F1893.2

Freer Source

Tozo Takayanagi

Freer Source City

New York

Freer Source State

New York

Freer Source Country

United States

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1893.2.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Sake bottle," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1893.2, Item #3101, http://peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3101 (accessed September 26, 2017).