Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 1720-1740
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze, enamels over glaze
Chinese Imari ware
H x W: 9.8 x 12.9 cm (3 7/8 x 5 1/16 in)
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Leys jar

China, Chinese Imari ware, chrysanthemum, cobalt pigment, flower, lotus, peony, porcelain, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance

To 1974
Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. [1]

From 1974
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. [2]


[1] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein


"Chinese Imari" of the early 18th century represents an attempt on the part of Chinese potters to recapture part of the European market won by Japanese Imari ware (^j^) by 1700.  The decoration of this jar of the K'ang-hsi period combines underglaze blue and overglaze red and gold painting, a color scheme employed by Japanese Imari. Chinese pieces tend to be smaller than their Japanese counterparts; the drawing is more carefully finished and the blue is a softer, more delicate shade.

Published References
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 30, p. 40.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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