Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 1736-1795
Glazed clay
Jingdezhen ware
H x W x D: 27.2 x 19.2 x 12.1 cm (10 11/16 x 7 9/16 x 4 3/4 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


bamboo, bird, China, flower, Jingdezhen ware, magpie, plum blossom, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance

To 1945
T. H. Ching, New York. [1]

From 1945
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from T. H. Ching, New York. [2]


[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

T. H. Ching


This porcelain vase, based on an archaic ritual bronze vessel, is decorated with enameled flower and bird paintings. The four floral designs are composed of roses and bamboo intertwined with morning glories, chrysanthemums and a blossoming plum tree with magpies. In traditional Chinese lore, magpies are symbolic of happiness.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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