J. T. Tai & Co., New York, New York. 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from J. T. Tai & Co., New York, New York. 
 See object file, Collections Management Office.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s)
J.T. Tai & Co. established in 1950
The viewer of this exceptionally large dish seems to stand within a spacious garden. An ornamental rock serves as the focal point, and plants bloom lushly on the near and far sides of a small pond or stream. The garden represents all seasons: spring primrose and narcissus join autumn cockscomb. Eight sprays of flowers and fruit circle the rim, while pine, flowering plum, and bamboo--the Three Friends of Winter--ring the outside of the dish. The landscape's similarity to those in paintings made for the court indicates that court painters sometimes provided designs for Jingdezhen decorators.
- Published References
- Dr. John Alexander Pope. The History of Ming Porcelain: A Lecture on the Occasion of the 1st Presentation of the Hills Gold Medal, June 9th, 1971. Hills Gold Medal Lecture London. pl. 10b.
- Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 95.
- Thomas Dexel. Vollkommenheit aus dem Feuer : chinesisches Porzellan aus berühmten Sammlungen. vol. 106, no. 11 Braunschweig, Germany, November 1965. pp. 39-49, fig. 4.
- Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 175, p. 175.
- Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. p. 254, fig. 1.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
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