Peach-shaped cup

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    19th-early 20th century
  • Geography

    Yixing, Jiangsu province, China
  • Material

    Stoneware with red slip
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 5.4 x 11.2 x 9 cm (2 1/8 x 4 7/16 x 3 9/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Spurious signature of Chen Mingyuan (active late 17th-early 18th century)
  • Description

    Cup, probably a brush-washer, half-peach form. Signature: Mingyuan, incised. Seal (positive), Chen Mingyuan, impressed.
    Clay: beige-buff refined stoneware.
    Glaze: none.
    Decoration: peach branch with leaves and fruit, modeled in high relief. Slight spatter of red slip on peach tips.
  • Signatures

    Spurious signature of Chen Mingyuan.
  • Provenance

    To 1916
    Lai-Yuan and Company, New York, to 1916 [1]
    From 1916 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Lai-Yuan and Company in 1916 [2]
    From 1920
    The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2487, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [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

    On Becoming Immortal (May 9, 1993 to August 15, 1994)
    Chinese Art (May 9 to November 29, 1993)
    Ch'ing Dynasty Calligraphy and Painting (August 30, 1985 to January 26, 1986)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Lai-Yuan & Company (ca. 1915-April 1921) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Yixing, Jiangsu province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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