Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng reign mark and period, 1723-1735
Porcelain with Ru-style glaze
Jingdezhen ware
H x W: 10.1 x 7 cm (4 x 2 3/4 in)
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen, Imperial kiln
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


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

To 1946
T.H. Ching, New York. [1]

From 1946
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from T.H. Ching, New York. [2]


[1] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

T. H. Ching


Eighteenth-century revivals of Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279) Guan ware can be quite convincing. Many Southern Song originals feature crackled glaze, but some of the finest have uncrazed, matte glaze, which provided the inspiration for this copy. The dark purple foot of this vase resembles genuine Guanware, but the foot rim was dressed with iron to produce the dark color; the clay body is actually white porcelain clay.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 126.
  • Wang Qingzheng. Yongzheng Imitations of Guan, Ge, Ru, Ru and Jun Wares. vol. 22, no. 2 Hong Kong, February 1991. pp. 54-59.
  • Suzanne Valenstein. Handbook of Chinese Ceramics., 1st ed. Boston and New York. p. 199, pl. 140.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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