You Xiaoxi, Shanghai, to 1917 
From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from You Xiaoxi, Shanghai in 1917 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Pottery List, L. 2574, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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) and Custodian(s)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
You Xiaoxi (C.L. Freer source) late 19th-early 20th century
Dish: low circular; extended rim, notched to give eight-petal form.
Clay: dense, white, resonant.
Glaze: lustrous cream-white, with brownish flow on the exterior. Rim unglazed.
Decoration: carved and incised in the paste, under glaze. Lotus blossoms, seed pod, and leaves.
This Ding-ware dish with a wide, flat surface and flanged rim was formed in a mold. The dish bears a carved motif based on the lotus, incorporating blossoms and leaves pivoting in gentle symmetry around a single seed-pod in the center. The flanged rim has been pressed in at eight places to create a foliate outline, and the flange is decorated with incised spiral scrolls. The upturned edge of the rim, on which the dish rested for firing, is unglazed and may once have been concealed by a metal binding.
- Published References
- Kobayashi Tai'ichiro. Toso no hakuji [T'ang and Sung white wares]. Toki zenshu, no. 12 Tokyo. pl. 39.
- Hai wai i chen [Chinese Art in Overseas Collections]. Taipei, 1985. vol. 3: p. 87.
- Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 25.
- Toki Zenshu. 32 vols., Tokyo, 1957 - 1963. pl. 39.
- Grace Dunham Guest. Chinese Porcelain at the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 20, no. 1 Columbus, Ohio, January 1941. p. 23, fig. 3.
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- Chinese Art
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