Dish with molded decoration, Qing-bai-related ware

Historical period(s)
Southern Song dynasty, 13th century
Porcelain with transparent pale-ivory (qingbai-related) glaze
Qingbai-related ware
H x W x D: 2.4 x 15.5 x 15.5 cm (15/16 x 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, flower, porcelain, Qingbai ware, Song dynasty (960 - 1279), Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279), WWII-era provenance

To ?
J.E. Melchior collection, Shanghai. [1]

To 1982
Helen Dalling Ling (d. 1982), Shanghai and Singapore. [2]

From 1982 to 1984
Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Singapore, by bequest from his wife, Helen Dalling Ling in May 1982. [3]

From 1984
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Singapore. [4]


[1] According to Dr. Tien Gi Ling, Mrs. Helen D. Ling acquired the object from the J.E. Melchior Collection in Shanghai. Also see Curatorial Remark 5 in the object record.

[2] Helen Dalling Ling operated "The Green Dragon" antiques shop in Shanghai from 1938 to 1950 and a shop under her own name in Singapore from 1951 until her death in 1982.

[3] Helen Dalling Ling left a bequest to her husband, Dr. Tien Gi Ling on May 1982.

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

Previous Owner(s)

J. E. Melchior Collection
Helen D. Ling died 1982
Mr. Tien Gi Ling

Published References
  • Sarah Booth. The Freer's Rare Catch: Gallery Acquires 30 Flawless Ancient Chinese Ceramics. Washington, May 23, 1984. p. B2.
  • H. W. Siegel Helen D. Ling. Ying Ching Porcelains of the Tang and Song Dynasties: Collection of the Late J.E. Melchior., Limited edition. Shanghai. cat. Y 5.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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