Bowl stand

Bowl stand (zhan tuo). One lacquer repair. Box.
Clay: hard, gray, porcellanous.
Glaze: thick lustrous grayish green; medium crackle.
Decoration: leaf outlines on the flange modelled in the slightest relief under glaze.

Historical period(s)
Northern Song dynasty, 11th-early 12th century
Medium
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Style
Ru ware, probably
Dimensions
H x Diam: 6.7 × 16.6 cm (2 5/8 × 6 9/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1937.17
On View Location
Freer Gallery 15: Setting the Bar: Arts of the Song Dynasty
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bowl stand (zhan tuo)

Keywords
China, green glaze, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), Ru ware, stoneware, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

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

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

Notes:

[1] C. T. Loo's Approval Memo, dated February 1, 1937, on C. T. Loo & Company, Chinese Art letterhead, no. 36/298: "One stem cup Ju Yao with flower shaped edge and coated all over with a very finely crackled green glaze -- Sung -- Wooden stand," copy in object file. There are conflicting accounts regarding the dealer's source. In 1949, C. T. Loo informed the museum's director, John Alexander Pope, that this piece and F1937.16 belonged to the sister of Puyi (1906-1967), the last emperor of China (1908-1912) and was brought to the United States in the 1930s through Hongkong, see John Alexander Pope's note, dated to 1949, in object file. Frank Caro, Loo's business associate and later his successor in the company, later contradicted this statement and referred to John A. Pope that the object belonged to the daughter of Zhang Zuolin (Chang Tso-lin) (1873-1928) and in 1933 was sold by her to T. T. Lee, an agent of Loo, see John A. Pope's note, dated to 1961, in object file. In 1961, Frank Caro was in the process of closing C. T. Loo Chinese Art and establishing his own company, Frank Caro Chinese Art. Neither story has been independently verified.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated May 3, 1937, copy in object file. The object is described in the invoice as "One stem cup Ju Yao with flower shaped edge" and dated to Sung dynasty. See also C. T. Loo's stock card no. 36/298: "Ju Yao cup, floral shaped edge resting on a saucer," copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo 1880-1957
Frank Caro 1904-1980
C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948

Description

Bowl stand (zhan tuo). One lacquer repair. Box.
Clay: hard, gray, porcellanous.
Glaze: thick lustrous grayish green; medium crackle.
Decoration: leaf outlines on the flange modelled in the slightest relief under glaze.

Published References
  • A Seiji Saucer for a Tea-Cup, in the Possession of Sir Harry Garner. no. 827 Tokyo, February 1961. pl. 1.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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