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At A Glance

  • Period

    14th century
  • Geography

    Gangjin kilns, Jeollanam-do province, Korea
  • Material

    Stoneware with white and black inlays under celadon glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 9.1 x 19.3 cm (3 9/16 x 7 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1917.295
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1917.295

Object Details

  • Description

    Bowl, broad, inverted bell-shape; bold foot. Rim restored. Kiln adhesions.
    Clay: hard, grayish.
    Glaze: brilliant gray-green celadon; crackled. Broadly frosted with cream-colored areas of incipient disintegration.
    Decoration: inlaid in white and black under glaze: inside, medallion with two phoenixes inside cloud-lappet border, motifs of willows, marsh grasses, swimming ducks, and flying cranes, borders of circles and keyfret. Outside, two willows with swimming ducks and two clumps of marsh grasses with swimming ducks alternating with small chrysanthemum dedallions. Lotus-petal border around base, keyfret border below rim.
  • Provenance

    To 1917
    Yamanaka & Company, to 1917 [1]
    From 1917 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1917 [2]
    From 1920
    The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    Notes:
    [1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 2554, 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

    Korean Art (March 20, 1980 to March 3, 1981)
    Korean Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to October 13, 1978)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese and Korean Ceramics (March 22, 1943 to November 13, 1944)
    Japanese and Korean Pottery, and Korean Bronze (May 2, 1923 to March 22, 1943)
  • 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, Jeollanam-do province, Korea
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Vessel
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