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Vase with design of peonies

Label Text

Grotesque head loop handles appear on either side of this grayish beaker-shaped flower vase of the Edo period (1700-1820). Freer purchased the stoneware vase, which bears a design of peonies, from a customary dealer, Matsuki Bunkyo, in 1900. The vase had previously belonged to Ikeda Seisuke, a noted Kyoto dealer. In his object notes, Freer referred to "the elder Ikeda of Kioto [sic], who showed me the jar during one of my early trips to Japan." This vase is decidedly less subtle in its form and decoration than most of the ceramics that Freer collected, suggesting that sentimental memories of his first visit to Japan in 1895 may have influenced his purchase of the piece when it was offered by Matsuki some five years later.

Object Name

Vase

Ware

Satsuma ware

Dated

1700-1820

Period

Edo period

Medium

Stoneware with cobalt decoration under translucent glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 31.6 x 28.8 cm

Country

Japan

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

70

Wall

East

Title

Vase with design of peonies

Object Number

F1900.66a-b

Freer Source

Matsuki Bunkyo

Freer Source City

Boston

Freer Source State

Massachusetts

Freer Source Country

United States

Image

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Collection

Citation

"Vase with design of peonies," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1900.66a-b, Item #3166, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3166 (accessed November 21, 2017).