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Bottle (meiping)
Historical period(s)
Yuan dynasty, 1279-1368
Porcelain with translucent bluish (qingbai) glaze
Qingbai ware
37.4 x 23.2 cm
Southeastern China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
This bottle with carved decor of floral vinescrolls accented by combing bears a translucent glaze tinted pale blue by a small percentage of iron. This glaze, called qingbai ("shadowy blue"), was used on porcelain vessels made in the vicinity of Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, as well as at many kilns in adjacent provinces in southeastern China. Many bottles of this shape were exported to Japan, where they were owned by Buddhist temples or warrior families. Charles Lang Freer acquired this bottle from a Japanese dealer.

To 1897
Yamanaka & Company, to 1897 [1]

From 1897 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1897 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 91, 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.

[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 Owners
Yamanaka and Co.
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
China, porcelain, Qingbai ware, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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