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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 14th century
  • Geography

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 3 × 19.5 cm (1 3/16 × 7 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Cup stand with raised ring in center and everted foliate rim forming eight brackets.
    Clay: porcelain.
    Glaze: transparent. Base unglazed, burnt brownish orange.
    Decoration: Painted in underglaze cobalt, a peony spray in center: minute designs of concentric brackets on the raised central ring; a chrysanthemum band; eight floral sprays conforming to the molded segments of the cavetto (four lotus blossoms diametrically placed, alternating with two pairs of other flowers); a classic scroll on the rim; thunder pattern on the rim edge. Lotus-petal panels frame the base.
  • Provenance

    To 1946
    Eric Wolters, Beijing, China [1]
    From 1946 to 1982
    John A. Pope (1906-1982), Washington, DC, purchased from Eric Wolters, Beijing [2]
    From 1982 to 1987
    Mrs. John A. Pope, Washington, DC, ownership transferred to Mrs. Pope after the death of her husband, John A. Pope [3]
    From 1987
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Mrs. John A. Pope, Washington DC [4]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 4 in the object record.
    [2] Curatorial Remarks 4 and 7 in the object record.
    [3] Curatorial Remark 7 in the object record.
    [4] See note 3.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Plum Blossoms, Chrysanthemums, and Bamboo (July 30 to December 4, 2011)
    Chinese Ceramics (May 9, 1993 to April 17, 1995)
    The Arts of China (November 18, 1990 to September 7, 2014)
    Ming Porcelains: A Retrospective (October 29, 1970 to January 31, 1971)
    Mostra d'arte Cinese (1954)
    Blue-Decorated Porcelain of the Ming Dynasty (Autumn 1949)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dr. John Alexander Pope (1906-1982)
    Eric Wolters
    Annemarie Henle Pope (1907-2001)
  • Origin

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Furniture and Furnishing
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