Cizhou ware jar

Vase on expanding foot ring, high bulbous shoulder; short, wide neck. Repairs and repainting on lip and shoulder.
Clay: buff stoneware.
Glaze: thin, transparent; black inside.
Decoration: figures and floral in panels and bands, painted in black and brown on cream slip under the glaze.

2. Glaze: thin: transparent, over decoration; black inside; base unglazed.
Decoration: painted in black and brown on cream slip; three roughly lozenge-shaped panels in waist to shoulder band, two with figures in landscape, one with cranes and bamboo, scroll fill between panels; wide lotus panel band at base; other bands of various foliate and floral or cloud scroll pattern.

Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 16th century
Medium
Stoneware with white slip and iron decoration under clear colorless glaze
Style
Cizhou ware
Dimensions
H x W: 36.5 x 31.6 cm (14 3/8 x 12 7/16 in)
Geography
China, henan province, Yuzhou, Yuzhou kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1968.50
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar

Keywords
bamboo, China, Cizhou ware, cloud, crane, figure, flower, landscape, lotus, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), stoneware, white slip, WWII-era provenance, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Provenance

From at least 1916 to 1968
Eugene Meyer (1875-1959) and Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), New York, NY, Washington, DC and Mt. Kisco, NY, from at least 1916 [1]

From 1968
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Agnes E. Meyer in 1968 [2]

Notes:

[1] Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer lent the jar to the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition in 1916,, see S. C Bosch Reitz, Catalogue of An Exhibition of Early Chinese Pottery and Sculpture, exh. cat. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916), cat. 323 (ill.).

[2] The object is included in Agnes E. Meyer’s Deed of Gift, listed as no. 34 in the document’s Annex, dated July 24, 1967, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer (1875-1959) and (1887-1970)

Description

Vase on expanding foot ring, high bulbous shoulder; short, wide neck. Repairs and repainting on lip and shoulder.
Clay: buff stoneware.
Glaze: thin, transparent; black inside.
Decoration: figures and floral in panels and bands, painted in black and brown on cream slip under the glaze.

2. Glaze: thin: transparent, over decoration; black inside; base unglazed.
Decoration: painted in black and brown on cream slip; three roughly lozenge-shaped panels in waist to shoulder band, two with figures in landscape, one with cranes and bamboo, scroll fill between panels; wide lotus panel band at base; other bands of various foliate and floral or cloud scroll pattern.

Published References
  • Sigisbert Chrétien Bosch Reitz. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Early Chinese Pottery and Sculpture. Exh. cat. New York. fig. 108.
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 86.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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