Box in melon form

Historical period(s)
Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century
Medium
Porcelain with transparent pale-blue (qingbai) glaze
Style
Qingbai ware
Dimensions
H x W: 5.1 x 7.4 cm (2 x 2 15/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1916.197a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Container
Type

Box

Keywords
China, porcelain, Qingbai ware, Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279)
Provenance

Peter Johannes Bahr (died circa 1928), Shanghai, purchased in China [1]

To 1916
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), New York, NY, acquired from his brother, Peter Johannes Bahr, to 1916 [2]

From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Abel William Bahr, New York, in 1916 [3]

From 1920
The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Remark 7, Louise Cort, May 26, 2009, in the object record, Charles Lang Freer noted that this piece and F1916.243 were purchased from A. W. Bahr in February 1916, and were said by [A. W. Bahr] to have been purchased by his brother, Peter, in China. See also, F1916.198a-b, Curatorial Remark 3, in the object record.

[2] See Original Pottery List, L. 2471, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] 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
Abel William Bahr (C.L. Freer source) 1877-1959
Peter Johannes Bahr

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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