Cup with landscape

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

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  • Period

    circa 1732
  • Geography

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with colorless glaze and blue, black, and ruby enamels over the glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 5.1 × 10.2 cm (2 × 4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Polychrome falangcai overglaze enamel-(what used to be called -Ku-yueh Hsuan type in the early 20th century).
    Bowl: small with high sides. Carved ivory stand.
    Body: fine grained white porcelain.
    Glaze: transparent, glossy.
    Decoration: a landscape scene in overglaze blue enamel; inscription of seven characters; seal simulated in red enamel; four character mark of the Yongzheng period in pale blue enamel on base.
  • Marks

    Yongzheng nianzhi (Made in the reign of Yongzheng) on base: and a red seal "shouru" by the poem.
  • Inscriptions

    The inscription may be translated "The kingfishers in the region of Nan Shan are the same color." This refers, no doubt, to the fact that the landscape scene is drawn entirely in blue enamels of those shades known to the Chinese as "kingfisher blue," ts'ui lan, [chn]. The imitation seal reads shou-ju [chn].
  • Provenance

    To 1932
    Yamanaka & Co., New York. [1]
    From 1932
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka & Co., New York. [2]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See Note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Looking Out, Looking In: Art in Late Imperial China (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    Beyond Paper: Chinese Calligraphy on Objects (August 18, 1994 to July 3, 1997)
    Chinese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to September 4, 1980)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Ceramics, 1955 (September 19, 1955 to November 10, 1955)
    Untitled Exhibition, East Asian Ceramics and Paintings, East Corridor (January 8, 1947 to ---)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Art, 1946 (May 6, 1946 to November 17, 1955)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Ceramics and Paintings (November 14, 1944 to May 3, 1946)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Painting and Ceramics, 1943 (March 22, 1943 to November 13, 1944)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Painting and Ceramics (March 14, 1931 to March 22, 1943)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Yamanaka and Co. 山中商会 (1917-1965)
  • Origin

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer Gallery 13: Looking Out, Looking In: Art in Late Imperial China
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