Jar with designs of tortoises and cranes

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At A Glance

  • Period

    19th century
  • Geography

    Bunwon kilns, Gwangju city, Gyeonggi-do province, Korea
  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under transparent, colorless glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 30.5 x 31.8 cm (12 x 12 1/2 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Jar of globular form with high straight neck and low foot.
    Clay: moderately coarse white porcelain, fired reddish on the footrim.
    Glaze: transparent, slightly bluish, uneven in some places, and with areas of grit.
    Decoration: underglaze blue trefoils around shoulder; main area with four circles: two with cranes among clouds and two with tortoises in waves; single line around foot.
    Wooden box.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Daisho Commercial & Industrial Co., Ltd.
  • Provenance

    From at least 1969 to 1970
    Daisho Commercial & Industrial Co., Ltd, Tokyo, from at least February 12, 1969 [1]
    From 1970
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Daisho Commercial & Industrial Co., Ltd., March 16, 1970 [2]
    [1] See correspondence dated February 12, 1969, authorizing Mr. Yoshinobu Daisho to ship the object, along with two other objects, to the Freer Gallery, copy in object file.
    A receipt, dated May 13, 1969, confirms the delivery of the objects to the Freer Gallery for the consideration for purchase, copy in object file.
    [2] See Invoice issued by the Daisho Commercial & Industrial Co., Ltd, dated March 16, 1970, copy in object file.
  • Origin

    Bunwon kilns, Gwangju city, Gyeonggi-do province, Korea
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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