Qingbai ware bowl with molded decoration

Historical period(s)
Southern Song dynasty, 13th century
Porcelain with transparent pale-blue (qingbai) glaze
Qingbai ware
H x Diam: 6 × 18.9 cm (2 3/8 × 7 7/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of James G. and Ann S. Ling in memory of the collector and connoisseur Helen Dalling Ling
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


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

To 1949
Helen D. Ling (died 1982), Shanghai. [1]

From 1949 - 1984
James G. Ling, by gift from his mother, Helen D. Ling in 1949. [2]

From 1984
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of James G. and Ann S. Ling in 1984. [3]


[1] Helen Dalling Ling, a collector who 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.

[2] James G. Ling received this object from his mother, Helen D. Ling in 1949.

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

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Dr. and Mrs. James G. and Ann S. Ling
James G. Ling
Helen D. Ling died 1982

Published References
  • Sarah Booth. The Freer's Rare Catch: Gallery Acquires 30 Flawless Ancient Chinese Ceramics. Washington, May 23, 1984. p. B2.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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