Vase or bottle

Historical period(s)
Yuan dynasty, 14th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze and reserved bisque panels
Longquan ware
H x Diam: 27.5 × 17.5 cm (10 13/16 × 6 7/8 in)
China, Zhejiang province, Longquan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Vase or bottle

China, Daoism, Eight Immortals, flower, green glaze, Longquan ware, stoneware, WWII-era provenance, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Provenance research underway.

Crackled green glaze frames the decorative panels on this vase, which was formed in a multiple-part press mold. The panels, representing eight Daoist immortals and flowers, were coated with wax before glazing to prevent the glaze from adhering. Their unglazed surfaces, like the foot rim, turned rust brown when the kiln cooled and the iron in the clay body reoxidized.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 77.
  • Louise Allison Cort, Jan Stuart, Laurence Chi-Sing Tam. Joined Colors: Decoration and Meaning in Chinese Porcelain : Ceramics from Collectors in the Min Chiu Society, Hong Kong. Exh. cat. Washington and Hong Kong, 1993. p. 45, fig. 3.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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