Water dropper in the shape of a mandarin duck (imitation of Goryeo celadon)

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At A Glance

  • Period

    20th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Stoneware with celadon glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 7 x 5.4 x 11.8 cm (2 3/4 x 2 1/8 x 4 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Provenance

    Unnamed American general, received as a gift in Korea [1]
    Robert Ray, Alexandria, VA, purchased from an unnamed American general [2]
    From sometime after 1978 to 1991
    Elizabeth Hamm Glass, Falls Church, VA, purchased from Robert Ray sometime after 1978 [3]
    From 1991
    Freer Gallery of Art, by bequest from Elizabeth Hamm Glass in 1991[4]
    [1] Hin-cheung Lovell paid a visit to see Ms. Glass's collection in 1978. The Korean water dropper did not appear on the list of objects that Ms. Glass sent to Hin-cheung Lovell in advance of the 1978 visit, and must have been a later purchase. On August 31, Robert Ray, proprietor of an antique store in Alexandria, informed Louis Cort that he had sold the water dropper to Ms. Glass, having acquired it from an American general, who himself had received it as a gift whilst in Korea (according to Curatorial Remark 2, Louise Cort, December 6, 1991, in the object record).
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1.
    [4] See Freer Gallery of Art Accession List, Collections Management Office. Also, original folder sheet note indicates name of source and location at date of acquisition (see Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Robert Ray
    Elizabeth Hamm Glass
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Bequest of Elizabeth Hamm Glass
  • Type

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