Ewer with European silver-gilt mounts

Jug, blue and white, in European silver mounts.
Clay: fine white porcelain.
Glaze: transparent.
Decoration: in underglaze blue; tulip pattern on neck, landscape finely drawn in main band, floral scrolls above and below.
Silver-gilt mounts on lid, handle and foot.

Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, ca. 1630-1644
Medium
Porcelain with clear glaze and underglaze cobalt decoration; silver-gilt mounts
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x W: 27 x 13 cm (10 5/8 x 5 1/8 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1970.3
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Ewer

Keywords
China, flower, Jingdezhen ware, landscape, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), porcelain, tulip, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Jug, blue and white, in European silver mounts.
Clay: fine white porcelain.
Glaze: transparent.
Decoration: in underglaze blue; tulip pattern on neck, landscape finely drawn in main band, floral scrolls above and below.
Silver-gilt mounts on lid, handle and foot.

Label

This blue-and-white ewer is decorated with floral and landscape motifs. Chinese porcelain of this type was highly prized by Western collectors. The 17th-century gilded silver mounts that embellish the ewer were added in Europe.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 35.
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 28, p. 38.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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