Prior to 1903
Henry G. Marquand (1819-1902), New York, prior to 1903 
1903 to 1933
Herman A.E. Jaehne 
Allen J. Mercher, New York, to 1947
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Allen J. Mercher in 1947
 According to Curatorial Remark 2, J.A.P. 1947: The recent history of this object is given in a letter from the dealer dated February 6, 1947; his account runs as follows: "Prior to 1903 this vase was owned by the late Henry Gurdon Marquand, who was President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1889 to 1902. Mr. Marquand also used the Greek name of S'Henrici G. Mercatoris, and a private label bearing this latter name appears on the base of this vase. From 1903 to 1933 this vase was in the Collection of Herman A.E. Jaehne. It was on Loan Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum from Mr. Jaehne from 1929 to 1933 under their Museum Number L2915-2, which number also appears on the base of the vase."
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
Allen J. Mercher
Herman A. E. Jaehne
Henry Gurdon Marquand 1819-1902
Vase with globular body, tall slender neck; low foot. Monochrome -- lavender blue.
Body: white porcelain, heavily potted.
Glaze: thick, even, rich gray-blue with minute bubbles and even crackle stained brown; same inside footrim; white on lip and inside.
Decoration: none; ferruginous dressing on unglazed footrim.
Monochromes of the Kangxi period (16621722) are distinguished by elegant shape and by beauty of color and texture of glaze. The lavender blue glaze of this vase is covered with a second glaze which seals the crackles and imparts a subtle depth to the color.
- Published References
- Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 36.
- Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 129, vol. 1: p. 179.
- Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 73.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
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