Incense burner

Incense burner; round with bulging sides, contracted neck and flaring rim; low foot, trimmed above the rim on the outside.
Paste: porcelain, with minute grayish impurities.
Glaze: white with very slight bluish tinge; numerous pittings in the interior and on base.
Decoration: in underglaze blue, continuous landscape around exterior, comprising of rocks, trees, water, figures, boats, and pavilions, executed primarily in outline and wash, the water in parallel horizontal lines in typical K’ang-hsi manner; around the neck, a band of motifs comprising five of the Eight Precious Things, each alternating with a cloud scroll.

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Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, late 17th century
Medium
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x Diam: 14.2 × 23.5 cm (5 9/16 × 9 1/4 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Anonymous gift
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1978.40
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Incense burner

Keywords
China, cloud, incense, Jingdezhen ware, landscape, porcelain, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911)
Provenance

To 1975
A New York State estate, to 1975 [1]

From 1975 to 1978
Private collector, Washington, DC, purchased at the sale of a New York State estate, Adam A. Weschler & Son, auctioneers, Washington, DC, in 1975 [2]

From 1978
Freer Gallery of Art, given by a private collector in 1978

Notes:

[1] According to the donor, this object was acquired at the 1975 sale of the contents from a New York State house, which consisted mostly of American and European furniture and furnishings (see Curatorial Note 2, H.C. Lovell, 1978, in the object record).

[2] See Curatorial Note 2, H.C. Lovell, 1978, in the object record.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Mrs. Hin-cheung Lovell

Description

Incense burner; round with bulging sides, contracted neck and flaring rim; low foot, trimmed above the rim on the outside.
Paste: porcelain, with minute grayish impurities.
Glaze: white with very slight bluish tinge; numerous pittings in the interior and on base.
Decoration: in underglaze blue, continuous landscape around exterior, comprising of rocks, trees, water, figures, boats, and pavilions, executed primarily in outline and wash, the water in parallel horizontal lines in typical K'ang-hsi manner; around the neck, a band of motifs comprising five of the Eight Precious Things, each alternating with a cloud scroll.

Inscription(s)

Mark: double circle in underglaze blue on the base.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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