Spouted bowl with molded decoration

Detail of a pattern
Image 1 of 4

Terms of Use

Usage Conditions Apply

At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with transparent pale blue ("qingbai") glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 3.8 x 11 cm (1 1/2 x 4 5/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Spouted bowl; low with flat base.
    Clay: white porcelain of "sugary" lightweight type characteristic of Ch'ing-bai wares, glassy in fracture. Surface of unglazed base and rim is light buff from iron oxidization. The same firing effect, but a deeper rusty color, appears where glaze has skipped and shows through where glaze is thin in bottom of cup. Inside the bowl has appearance of having been wiped, either in the wet clay or with slip.
    Glaze: Qingbai type: feldspathic; uneven thickness; transparent, but with some opacity due to bubbles and slight scumming; uneven color varying from pale bluish gray to strong aqua greenish-blue and pale blue tint; crackle appears on outside of spout only. Rim of spout is glazed but plain bowl rim and base are unglazed. Glaze has skipped a large area inside spout and in small spots on outside of spout. Some dark inclusions have appearance of iron.
    Decoration: six moulded lotus-petal panels under the glaze, two partly obscurred by spout and its application. Apparently the round bowl was moulded first and then the cut made and spout applied. A scroll-form loop was applied beneath the spout.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ken J.J. Baars
    Eskenazi Ltd. (Founded 1923)
  • Provenance

    From at least 1973
    Ken J.J. Baars, Surrey, England [1]
    From at least 1974 to 1976
    Eskenazi Ltd., London, from at least 1974 [2]
    From 1976
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Eskenazi Ltd. in 1976 [3]
    [1] This object was published as part of Ken J.J. Baars's collection in Adrian M. Joseph, Chinese and Annamese Ceramics found in the Philippines and Indonesia (London: Hugh Moss Publishing Ltd., 1973), pl. 19 (see Curatorial Note 2, J. H. Knapp, 1976, in object record). Coming from the collection of Ken J.J. Baars, this bowl presumably had been in Indonesia, where Baars formed his collection (see Curatorial Note 6, Louise Cort, July 27, 2006, in object record).
    [2] According to information in the object file, approval for purchase of this object by the Freer Gallery was granted December 23, 1974; however, the object was not purchased until January 27, 1976. For additional information, see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
    [3] See note 2.
  • Origin

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • Restrictions and Rights

    Usage Conditions Apply

    There are restrictions for re-using this media. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

    The information presented on this website may be revised and updated at any time as ongoing research progresses or as otherwise warranted. Pending any such revisions and updates, information on this site may be incomplete or inaccurate or may contain typographical errors. Neither the Smithsonian nor its regents, officers, employees, or agents make any representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the information on the site. Use this site and the information provided on it subject to your own judgment. The National Museum of Asian Art welcomes information that would augment or clarify the ownership history of objects in their collections.

Keep Exploring