Covered bowl

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 1662-1722
Glazed porcelain, underglaze cobalt
Jingdezhen ware
H x W x D: 20.1 x 25.6 x 25.6 cm (7 15/16 x 10 1/16 x 10 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


China, flower, Jingdezhen ware, lotus, plant, porcelain, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

The floral pattern that ornaments this covered bowl was a popular motif on export blue-and-white porcelain of the K'ang-hsi period (1662-1722).  It is frequently encountered in Chinese porcelain salvaged from ships which wrecked in the early 17th century, some of them off the coast of Florida. In these instances, the cargo was shipped over the Pacific via Mexico and the West Indies to Europe.

Published References
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 29, p. 39.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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