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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze, enamels over glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 9.8 x 12.9 cm (3 7/8 x 5 1/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Vessel of spittoon shape; globular body, saucer-shaped mouth, low foot-rim with beveled edge.
    Clay: fine, white, translucent, resonant porcelain.
    Glaze: fine, clear, glossy, feldspathic; overall except edge of foot-rim; edge of mouth-rim brown.
    Decoration: painted in vivid underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze iron-red and gold. Inside mouth: a narrow border in underglaze blue, with segments hatched diagonally, alternately in opposing directions, cross hatched in gold over the glaze; two magnolia shrubs in underglaze blue outlined in gold and with buds, blossoms and leaves in iron-red and gold. Outside of mouth: three flower sprays (perhaps mei-hua) in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold overglaze; single blue line below mouth rim, double blue line defines neck. Body: two groups of sprays combining peony, lotus, chrysanthemum and other flowers in same technique and colors as above. Border at foot is quatrefoil blossom enclosed in blue lines. The whole design is well and surely executed. The overglaze colors are clear and in fine state of preservation.
  • Provenance

    To 1974
    Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. [1]
    From 1974
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. [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

    Chinese Ceramics (March 15, 1982 to July 10, 1986)
    A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980 (November 9, 1979 to May 22, 1980)
    Chinese Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to September 4, 1980)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein
  • Origin

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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