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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Imperial kiln, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with Ru-style glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 10.1 x 7 cm (4 x 2 3/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Monochrome -- Southern Sung Kuan style.
    Vase: small, bottle-shaped; tall neck with ring in low relief around center; flaring lip.
    Body: not exposed; presumably fine-grained, pure white.
    Glaze: pale, opaque, blue-gray, so-called "clair de lune", very fine matte surface; covers entire vessel except footrim which is dressed with dark chocolate brown. Four character mark of the Yongzheng period: seal characters in underglaze blue, on base.
  • Marks

    Four character mark of the Yongzheng period: seal characters in underglaze blue, on base.
  • Provenance

    To 1946
    T.H. Ching, New York. [1]
    From 1946
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from T.H. Ching, New York. [2]
    [1] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Shades of Green and Blue: Chinese Celadon Ceramics (July 15, 1997 to September 7, 2004)
    Centennial Exhibition, Gallery 13 (November 10, 1955 to March 1, 1957)
    Special Exhibition, Chinese Art, 1946 (August 7, 1946 to January 7, 1947)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    T. H. Ching
  • Origin

    Imperial kiln, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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