Bowl with inlaid design of three phoenixes and peony ground

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At A Glance

  • Period

    second half of 14th century
  • Geography

    Gangjin kilns, Sadang-ri kiln no. 10, Jeollanam-do province, Korea
  • Material

    Stoneware with white and black inlays under celadon glaze; brown lacquer repairs
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 7.8 × 19.9 cm (3 1/16 × 7 13/16 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1904.116
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1904.116

Object Details

  • Description

    Bowl, broad ovoidal; low, heavy foot; four spur marks on foot; three inside of the bowl. Several restorations with brown lacquer.
    Clay: hard, sonant.
    Glaze: dark gray with variable brownish and greenish tints. Partially ground off on exterior wall.
    Decoration: inlaid in white and black under glaze. Inside: three phoenixes and scattered blossoms, lotus-petal medallion. Outside: three small floral medallions.
    Spurs: black clay spurs, three in bottom and four on foot rim.
  • Provenance

    To 1904
    Yamanaka & Company, to 1904 [1]
    From 1904 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1904 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    Notes:
    [1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 1294, 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

    Cranes and Clouds: The Korean Art of Ceramic Inlay (November 5, 2011 to January 3, 2016)
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

    Gangjin kilns, Sadang-ri kiln no. 10, Jeollanam-do province, Korea
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Vessel
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