Qingbai ware bowl with molded decoration

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At A Glance

  • Period

    13th century
  • Geography

  • Material

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

    H x Diam: 6 × 18.9 cm (2 3/8 × 7 7/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Bowl. Open form; minimal footrim; slightly concave bottom. Wheel-thrown then shaped over drape mold.
    Clay: translucent porcelain. White under glaze; orange-toned where exposed on unglazed rim, foot, and bottom.
    Glaze: translucent, radiant turquoise blue, deeper where thicker.
    Decoration: emphatic groove around central roundel and six fluting lines on interior walls formed by use of drape mold. In bottom, design of paired fish incised using blunt-edged and comb-like tools.
    With a brown fabric covered box and a wooden stand.
  • Provenance

    To 1949
    Helen D. Ling (died 1982), Shanghai. [1]
    From 1949 - 1984
    James G. Ling, by gift from his mother, Helen D. Ling in 1949. [2]
    From 1984
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of James G. and Ann S. Ling in 1984. [3]
    [1] Helen Dalling Ling, a collector who operated "The Green Dragon" antiques shop in Shanghai from 1938 to 1950 and a shop under her own name in Singapore from 1951 until her death in 1982.
    [2] James G. Ling received this object from his mother, Helen D. Ling in 1949.
    [3] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Chinese Ceramics (March 15, 1982 to July 10, 1986)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    James G. Ling
    Helen D. Ling (1901-1982)
    Dr. and Mrs. James G. and Ann S. Ling
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of James G. and Ann S. Ling in memory of the collector and connoisseur Helen Dalling Ling
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