Jar

Vase (maebyong) heavily potted with straight-sided neck, high bulging shoulder, tapering to medium narrow waist, beveled in at foot; foot rim edge rough and unglazed; fire-crack (shrinkage) runs around base, all the way through in one section and through the foot on one side. Shape is a litle irregular, the neck having slumped into the shoulder slightly on one side. On base a large patch of dull, rough, whitish ceramic material appears to be on top of the glaze, and some of the same material roughens the unglazed foot rim. This may result from contact with supporting material during firing.
Clay: medium coarse, opaquish, off-white porcelain. Resonant.
Glaze: transparent, feldspathic with green-blue tint especially apparent where it has collected thickly. In some spots (only in blue areas) where both paint and glaze have gone, possibly from broken blisters, the revealed biscuit has oxidized slightly to a deep buff. A stained crackle is on one side of neck.
Decoration: two vigorous four-clawed dragons amid clusters of conventionalized clouds. Double lines around base and lip. Painted in underglaze cobalt blue line and wash in strong lively style. The wash is placed well within the contour of the clouds, leaving a white border around each form. The blue varies from a smokey light shade to a dark almost blackish blue with much variation in concentration.

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Historical period(s)
Joseon period, 19th century
Medium
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under transparent, colorless glaze
Style
Bunwon ware
Dimensions
H x W: 52 x 33.3 cm (20 1/2 x 13 1/8 in)
Geography
Korea, Gyeonggi-do province, Gwangju city, Bunwon-ri village, Bunwon kilns
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1975.9
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar (maebyong)

Keywords
Bunwon ware, clear glaze, cobalt pigment, dragon, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, porcelain, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1974Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands [1]From 1974Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1974Notes:[1] See Freer Gallery of Art Accession List, Collections Management Office. Also, original folder sheet note indicates name of source and location at date of acquisition (see Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record).

Previous Owner(s)

Oriental Art, Benjamin J. Stein

Description

Vase (maebyong) heavily potted with straight-sided neck, high bulging shoulder, tapering to medium narrow waist, beveled in at foot; foot rim edge rough and unglazed; fire-crack (shrinkage) runs around base, all the way through in one section and through the foot on one side. Shape is a litle irregular, the neck having slumped into the shoulder slightly on one side. On base a large patch of dull, rough, whitish ceramic material appears to be on top of the glaze, and some of the same material roughens the unglazed foot rim. This may result from contact with supporting material during firing.
Clay: medium coarse, opaquish, off-white porcelain. Resonant.
Glaze: transparent, feldspathic with green-blue tint especially apparent where it has collected thickly. In some spots (only in blue areas) where both paint and glaze have gone, possibly from broken blisters, the revealed biscuit has oxidized slightly to a deep buff. A stained crackle is on one side of neck.
Decoration: two vigorous four-clawed dragons amid clusters of conventionalized clouds. Double lines around base and lip. Painted in underglaze cobalt blue line and wash in strong lively style. The wash is placed well within the contour of the clouds, leaving a white border around each form. The blue varies from a smokey light shade to a dark almost blackish blue with much variation in concentration.

Published References

Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 79, p. 101.

Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum