Dish with design of “Three Friends”

Small dish with raised edges and design of “Three Friends”.
Clay: porcelain.
Glaze: clear, bluish where thick on base.
Decoration: hastily painted in underglaze cobalt, grayish blue: single lines just below rim and between rim and bottom; central design of rocks, bamboos, winter prunus, and peony or sweet pea.
Mark: none.

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 19th-early 20th century
Medium
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear, slightly bluish glaze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 6.8 x 15.8 x 15.8 cm (2 11/16 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in)
Geography
China, Fujian province or Guangdong province
Credit Line
Gift of Dorothy M. Slak
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1986.39
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Dish

Keywords
China, cobalt pigment, peony, porcelain, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From ca. 1968
Dorothy M. Slak, acquired ca. 1968 from Jakarta, Indonesia. [1]

From 1986
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Dorothy M. Slak, Sarasota, Florida. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 7 in the object record.

[2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Ms. Dorothy M. Slak

Description

Small dish with raised edges and design of "Three Friends".
Clay: porcelain.
Glaze: clear, bluish where thick on base.
Decoration: hastily painted in underglaze cobalt, grayish blue: single lines just below rim and between rim and bottom; central design of rocks, bamboos, winter prunus, and peony or sweet pea.
Mark: none.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Google Cultural Institute
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