Bowl with duck pond design and inscription

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze, enamels over glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 7.6 x 16.5 x 16.5 cm (3 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Porcelain with underglaze blue decoration of reeds and birds highlighted with polychrome enamels, Tibetan or Mongolian characters to inner border, exterior with band of underglaze blue dragons chasing the flaming pearls above a band of polychrome waterfowl among lotus.
    Six character reign mark on base.
  • Marks

    Reign mark: cobalt oxide under glaze: six characters in three columns: DaQing Daoguang nianzhi.
  • Inscriptions

    Stylized foreign inscription with Tibetan and Sanskrit elements on frieze around interior of bowl rim, in dark blue cobalt oxide, which as a translation of Tibetan into Chinese, reads: "May the days be auspicious; may the nights be auspicious. May the midday be filled with blessings. May day and night be filled with blessings. May the blessings of the Three Jewels be realized."
  • Provenance

    To 1970
    Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), Washington, DC, and Mt. Kisco, NY [1]
    To 1992
    Ruth Meyer Epstein (1921-2007), Scarsdale, NY, given by her parents, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer [2]
    From 1992
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Ruth Meyer Epstein in 1992 [3]
    [1] According to information included in “Page Report,” dated December 1, 1993, in object file.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See Ruth M. Epstein’s Deed of Gift, dated June 9, 1992, in object file.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Beyond Paper: Chinese Calligraphy on Objects (August 18, 1994 to July 3, 1997)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer ((1875-1959) and (1887-1970))
    Mrs. Ruth Meyer Epstein (1921-2007)
  • Origin

    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Ruth Meyer Epstein
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