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At A Glance

  • Period

    18th century
  • Geography

    Probably Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with Guan-style glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 10.2 x 6.1 cm (4 x 2 3/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Vase (miniature) with tubular handles and two corresponding holes in the foot-rim. Stand and box. Monochrome ware.
    Clay: dense, hard; gray-brown on the edge of the foot. Porcelain, concealed by iron wash.
    Glaze: thick, gray, lustrous, -- with a large irregular crackle.
  • Provenance

    By 1937
    C. T. Loo & Company, New York, NY from at least February 1, 1937 [1]
    From 1937
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company, New York, NY through C. T. Loo [2]
    [1] C. T. Loo's Approval Memo, dated February 1, 1937, on C. T. Loo & Company, Chinese Art letterhead, no. F 260: “Kuan Yao small square vase with two small tube handles, very thin crackles on the glaze – SUNG – wooden stand,” copy in object file. There are conflicting accounts regarding the dealer’s source. In 1949, C. T. Loo informed the museum’s director, John Alexander Pope, that this object and F1937.16 belonged to the sister of Puyi (1906-1967), the last emperor of China (1908-1912) and was brought to the United States in the 1930s through Hong Kong, see John Alexander Pope's note, dated to 1949, in object file.
    Frank Caro, Loo's business associate and later his successor in the company, later contradicted this statement and told John A. Pope that the object belonged to the daughter of Zhang Zuolin (Chang Tso-lin) (1873-1928) and in 1933 was sold by her to T.T. Lee, an agent of Loo, see John A. Pope's note, dated to 1961, in object file. In 1961, Frank Caro was in the process of establishing his own company, Frank Caro Chinese Art. Neither story has been independently verified.
    [2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated May 3, 1937, copy in object file. See also, C. T. Loo & Company stock card no. F 260, copy in object file.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Chinese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to September 4, 1980)
    Chinese Calligraphy and Ceramics (April 18, 1977 to April 8, 1978)
    Chinese Art (January 1, 1963 to March 6, 1981)
    Untitled Exhibition, Chinese Ceramics (March 7, 1957 to January 1, 1963)
    Centennial Exhibition, Gallery 13 (November 10, 1955 to March 1, 1957)
    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

    C.T. Loo & Company (1914-1948)
  • Origin

    Probably Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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