Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 18th century
Porcelain with Guan-style glaze
Guan style ware
H x W: 10.2 x 6.1 cm (4 x 2 3/8 in)
China, Jiangxi province, Probably Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Guan ware, porcelain, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance

From at least 1937
C.T. Loo & Company, New York from at least February 1, 1937 [1]

From 1937
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on May 3, 1937 [2]


[1] C. T. Loo's Approval Memo, dated February 1, 1937, copy in object file. According to the dealer's account, the vase belonged to the sister of Puyi (1906-1967), the last emperor of China (1908-12), and was brought to the United States in the 1930s through Hongkong, see John Alexander Pope's note, dated 1949, in object file. Similar provenance was attested for F1937.17a-b and later was contradicted by Frank Caro in a statement provided to John A. Pope, see provenance record for F1937.17a-b.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated May 3, 1937, copy in object file. The vase is described in the invoice as "Kuan Yao, small square vase with two small tube handles, very thin crackles on the glaze" and dated to Sung dynasty. See also C. T. Loo's stockcard no. F 260: "Kuan Yao vase, small handles," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950

Published References
  • Benjamin Rowland, Laurence Sickman, H. G. Henderson, Robert Treat Paine, Richard Ettinghausen, Eric Schroeder. The University Prints. Oriental Art Series O 4 vols. Newton, Massachusetts, 1938-1941. Section 2: Early Chinese Art, pl. 245.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope. A Letter from Washington. vol. 5, no. 4 Boston, December 1953. .
  • Robert Treat Paine. A Preliminary Report on the Sub-Surface Structure of Glazes of Kuan and Kuan-type Wares. vol. 5, no. 3 Boston, September 1953. pl. 2.
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 94.
  • Warren E. Cox. The Book of Pottery and Porcelain. 2 vols., New York. p. 146.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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