Fahua ware jar

Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, Possibly Chenghua reign, late 15th century, probably Chenghua reign
Porcelain with clear glaze on interior, enamels over unglazed clay on exterior (fahua format)
Jingdezhen Fahua ware
H x W: 30.5 x 34.5 cm (12 x 13 9/16 in)
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Chenghua reign (1465 - 1487), China, cloud, egret, Fahua ware, lotus, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), porcelain, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

In this style of polychrome porcelain, transparent enamel glazes are painted with raised clay outlines on the white clay body in the same way as enamel pastes are put into the cells, or cloisons, of the metal-based cloisonné. The shimmering shades of cobalt-blue and turquoise lend themselves to refreshing aquatic scenes which are frequently the subject of fahua decor.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 34.
  • Li Hui-lin. Garden Flowers of China. Chronica Botanica, An International Biological and Agricultural Series, no. 19 New York. pl. 15.
  • Geng Baochang. Ming Qing ci qi jian ding. Beijing. pl. 46, fig. 149.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 128, vol. 1: p. 179.
  • Grace Dunham Guest, Archibald Gibson Wenley. Annotated Outlines of the History of Chinese Arts. Washington, 1949. p. 10.
  • Ming Porcelains in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1953. p. 36, fig. 33.
  • Christie's (New York). Short, illustrated essay on "fahua" in Christie's Hong Kong Imperial Sale: Monday, 30 May 2005., May 30, 2005. pp. 80-82.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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