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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 18th-19th century
  • Geography

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

    Porcelain with transparent, pale blue glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 26.5 x 17 x 17 cm (10 7/16 x 6 11/16 x 6 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Bottle-vase, elongated neck tapers from low wide body on broad base, low foot - the typical Korean Yi wine-bottle shape. Lower part of neck slightly flattened, as if accidentally compressed before firing.
    Clay: white porcelain
    Glaze: clear, feldspathic, Ch'ing-pai type (aqua tint), medium gloss, a few original flaws and impurity inclusions. As far as could be seen, the inside in unglazed beyong about two inches into the neck. Bearing edge of foot unglazed.
    Decoration: none.
  • Provenance

    To 1980
    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Berger, Washington, DC collected by Ambassador Samuel D. Berger (1911-1980) [1]
    Estate of Samuel D. Berger, Washington, DC [2]
    Graenum and Emma Berger, New York, and Mrs. Samuel D. Berger, Washington, DC [3]
    From 1980
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Graenum and Emma Berger and Mrs. Samuel D. Berger, May 1980 [4]
    [1] See correspondence (copy in object file) between the Freer Gallery and Mr. Graenum Berger, brother of Mr. Samuel D. Berger, and Mrs. Elizabeth L. Berger, widow of Mr. Samuel D. Berger; a letter dated on May 22, 1980 from the Freer Gallery to Mr. Graenum Berger in particular states that the object, along with other two Korean pieces also offered as gift at the same time (F1980.187 and F1980.188), was from the estate of late Mr. Samuel Berger (1911-1980).
    A receipt issued on March 6, 1980 indicates that these Korean objects (F1980.186, F1980.187, and F1980.188) were delivered from the residence of Mrs. Samuel D. Berger in Washington DC to the Freer Gallery as gift.
    Samuel D. Berger was a U.S. Ambassador to South Korea from 1961 and resided there for about four years until 1964.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1.
    [4] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Korean Art (December 17, 1984 to June 23, 1986)
    Korean Art (March 20, 1982 to 2 April 1984)
    Korean Art (June 4, 1982 to September 23, 1982)
    Korean Art (July 15, 1981 to September 15, 1981)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Samuel D. Berger (1911-1980)
    Mrs. Elizabeth Lee Berger (1913-2002)
    Mr. and Mrs. Graenum and Emma Berger
  • Origin

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

    Gift of Graenum and Emma Berger and Elizabeth Lee Berger in memory of Ambassador Samuel D. Berger
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