Artist’s water cup in the form of a lotus seedpod, supported on a peach, chestnut, and acorn

Artist: False seal of Chen Mingyuan (active late 17th-early 18th century)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, late 19th-early 20th century
Unglazed stoneware
Yixing ware
H x W: 7.1 x 11 cm (2 13/16 x 4 5/16 in)
China, Jiangsu province, Yixing
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Water cup

China, lotus, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), water, Yixing ware

To 1916
Pang Yuanji (1864-1949), Shanghai, China, to 1916 [1]

From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Pang Yuanji in 1916 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2502, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1. For further details regarding this gift, see Provenance Remark 1 in the object record, as well as the object record for F1916.578a-b, Curatorial Remark 11, Louise Cort, June 9, 2010.

[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
Pang Yuanji (C.L. Freer source) 1864-1949

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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