Historical period(s)
Yuan dynasty, 1279-1368
Porcelain with translucent bluish (qingbai) glaze
Qingbai ware
H x Diam: 37.4 × 23.2 cm (14 3/4 × 9 1/8 in)
Southeastern China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Bottle (meiping)

China, porcelain, Qingbai ware, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Provenance research underway.

This bottle with carved decor of floral vinescrolls accented by combing bears a translucent glaze tinted pale blue by a small percentage of iron. This glaze, called qingbai ("shadowy blue"), was used on porcelain vessels made in the vicinity of Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, as well as at many kilns in adjacent provinces in southeastern China. Many bottles of this shape were exported to Japan, where they were owned by Buddhist temples or warrior families. Charles Lang Freer acquired this bottle from a Japanese dealer.

Published References
  • Hai wai i chen [Chinese Art in Overseas Collections]. Taipei, 1985. vol. 3: p. 112.
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 27.
  • History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011. Exh. cat. p.45, fig.23.
  • Nicholas R. Bell, Ulysses Grant Dietz, Andrew Wagner. 2011 Renwick Craft Invitational: History in the Making. Washington. p. 45, fig. 23.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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