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Dish with design of "Three Friends" - National Museum of Asian Art

Dish with design of "Three Friends"

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At A Glance

  • Period

    19th-early 20th century
  • Geography

    Fujian province or Guangdong province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear, colorless glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 6.8 x 15.3 cm (2 11/16 x 6 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Small dish with raised edges and design of "Three Friends."
    Clay: porcelain.
    Glaze: clear, greyish.
    Decoration: hastily painted in underglaze cobalt, bright clear blue: single lines just below rim and between rim and bottom; central design of rocks, bamboo, winter prunus, and peony or sweet pea.
    Mark: none.
  • Provenance

    About 1968 to 1986
    Dorothy M. Slak, Sarasota, Florida, acquired in Jakarta about 1968 [1]
    From 1986
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Dorothy M. Slak in 1986
    [1] According to Curatorial Note 1 in object record.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Parades: Freer Ceramics Installed by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (November 4, 2006 to January 7, 2008)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ms. Dorothy M. Slak
  • Origin

    Fujian province or Guangdong province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Dorothy M. Slak
  • Type

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