Water bottle made for the court of King Rama V

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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 19th century
  • Geography

    Jingdezhen kilns, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Material

    Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear, colorless glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam (overall): 31.4 × 14.1 cm (12 3/8 × 5 9/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Water bottle, with long neck and pear-shaped body on everted footrim. Matching domed lid with bud-shaped knob.
    Clay: porcelain.
    Glaze: clear, colorless glaze.
    Decoration: in cobalt pigment under the glaze, three sprays of auspicious fruits alternating with the monogram of Rama V, framed above and below by floral bands.
    Mark: on the base, Jintang Faji.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (Established 1996)
  • Provenance

    By 1974
    Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York City, acquired in Thailand, by 1974 [1]
    From 2004
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in 2004
    [1] This object was acquired by Doris Duke as part of a large collection of Southeast Asian art intended for use in a recreation of a Thai village to be built in Hawai'i. This project is described in Nancy Tingley, Doris Duke: The Southeast Asian Art Collection (New York: The Foundation for Southeast Asian Art and Culture, distributed by University of Hawai'i Press, 2003). Ms. Duke made purchasing trips to Bangkok in 1961, 1964, and 1965. In 1972 the collections were shipped to the Duke estate in New Jersey.
    Additional buying trips in 1973 and 1974 were the last major occasions to acquire art for the project, which was never realized. While the dates the purchase of this object cannot be confirmed, it is probable that it was acquired in the early phase of shopping, in the 1960s (according to Curatorial Note 5, Louise A. Cort, April 5, 2004, in the object record).
  • Origin

    Jingdezhen kilns, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift from Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection
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