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At A Glance

  • Period

    20th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 4.4 x 8.8 cm (1 3/4 x 3 7/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Wine cup. Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt with design of the "three friends."
    Clay: porcelain. Slightly oxidized on exterior surface.
    Decoration: in underglaze cobalt. Double lines encircling inside and outside of rim and framing design in center of interior; triple line circling outside of foot, including one line at angle between body and foot. Design motif of "three friends" (pine, plum, and bamboo) in interior, shown as landscape with ground plane, rocks, and other plants; on exterior, as abstracted intertwining branches.
  • Inscriptions

    Six character mark of the Ming dynasty, Xuande period (1426-1435), within double ring.
  • Provenance

    To ?
    Kenny & Higgins Asian Art, Washington, DC [1]
    From ? to 1984
    Dr. Ignacio Rodriguez, Arnold, Maryland, purchased from Kenny & Higgins Asian Art, Washington, DC [2]
    From 1984
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ignacio Rodriguez, Arnold, Maryland [3]
    [1] See Appraisal from The Oriental Art Auction Company, Inc., copy in object file, Collections Management Office.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See Deed of Gift, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Plum Blossoms, Chrysanthemums, and Bamboo (July 30 to December 4, 2011)
    The Arts of China (November 18, 1990 to September 7, 2014)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Trocadéro, Kenny & Higgins Asian Art, Inc.
    Dr. and Mrs. Ignacio Rodriguez
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ignacio Rodriguez
  • Type

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