Lidded jar with design of butterflies

Jar: four sided with bulging outlines; square mouth and base. Pottery cover.
Clay: hard, light-gray.
Glaze: deep cream-color; crackled and stained.
Decoration: butterflies in brown, one under and one, over glaze. Head and ring handles in relief.

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 19th century
Medium
Stoneware with white slip, iron pigment under and over clear glaze.
Style
Cizhou-type ware
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 17.5 x 13 x 18.1 cm (6 7/8 x 5 1/8 x 7 1/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1896.42a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar

Keywords
butterfly, China, Cizhou ware, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), stoneware
Provenance

To 1896
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1896 [1]

From 1896 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1896 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940

Description

Jar: four sided with bulging outlines; square mouth and base. Pottery cover.
Clay: hard, light-gray.
Glaze: deep cream-color; crackled and stained.
Decoration: butterflies in brown, one under and one, over glaze. Head and ring handles in relief.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
The Story of the Beautiful
Google Cultural Institute
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