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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    13th century
  • Geography

    Jiangxi province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with transparent pale-blue (qingbai) glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 71.9 × 18.8 cm (28 5/16 × 7 3/8 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1903.235a-b
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1903.235a-b

Object Details

  • Description

    Funeral vase: tall, slender, on hollowed, spreading feet. Wood stand.
    Clay: soft, light-weight, gray-white.
    Glaze: thin, transparent green celadon; close brown crackle. Areas of stain and of over-baked wrinkled glaze.
    Decoration: hieratic figures and a dragon supporting the sun-disk - in applied relief, under glaze.
  • Inscriptions

    The following information was carved on the box in which this object arrived:
    Inscription on front of base: ku fo she li t'a [CHN].
    Inscription on front of base: ku fo she li t'a [CHN].
  • Provenance

    To 1903
    Yamanaka & Company, to 1903 [1]
    From 1903 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1903 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    Notes:
    [1] Undated folder sheet note. Also see Original Pottery List, L. 1268, 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.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Peacock Room Comes to America [2022] (September 3, 2022 - ongoing)
    The Peacock Room Comes to America [2017-2019] (October 14, 2017 to January 2, 2019)
    The Peacock Room Comes to America [2011-2016] (April 9, 2011 to January 4, 2016)
    America Meets Asia at the Freer Gallery of Art (May 9, 1993 to June 2, 1998)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Yamanaka and Co. 山中商会 (1917-1965) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Jiangxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Vessel
  • On View

    Freer Gallery 12: The Peacock Room Comes to America
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