Bottle

Pear-shaped bottle with faceted sides, Kraakporselein.
Clay: porcelain, light gray. Mold-formed in three pieces, joined at the neck and widest parts of the body.

Glaze: translucent, somewhat milky. Interior glazed; base inside of foot glazed with an irregular unglazed patch. Firing grit and some glaze adhering to edge of footrim, scars where some grit cut away.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt, deep blue-gray wash and blackish-blue line; body divided into six vertical panels, following molded faceting, filled with motifs of plummeting horse and waves and peony plant and rock, in alternation, separated by narrow panels of “dot and dash” motif; shoulder decorated with lappets filled with “tassels” below link collar, dots above; overlapping semicircles below plain rim edged with line.

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Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, late 16th-early 17th century
Medium
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x Diam: 27.2 × 15.4 cm (10 11/16 × 6 1/16 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Gift of Karol Kirberger Rodriguez
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1989.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bottle

Keywords
China, cobalt pigment, horse, Jingdezhen ware, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), peony, plant, porcelain
Provenance

To 1988
Mrs. Karol Kirberger Rodriguez, Alexandria, VA, to 1988

From 1988
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Mrs. Karol Kirberger Rodriguez in 1988

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Mrs. Karol Kirberger Rodriguez

Description

Pear-shaped bottle with faceted sides, Kraakporselein.
Clay: porcelain, light gray. Mold-formed in three pieces, joined at the neck and widest parts of the body.

Glaze: translucent, somewhat milky. Interior glazed; base inside of foot glazed with an irregular unglazed patch. Firing grit and some glaze adhering to edge of footrim, scars where some grit cut away.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt, deep blue-gray wash and blackish-blue line; body divided into six vertical panels, following molded faceting, filled with motifs of plummeting horse and waves and peony plant and rock, in alternation, separated by narrow panels of "dot and dash" motif; shoulder decorated with lappets filled with "tassels" below link collar, dots above; overlapping semicircles below plain rim edged with line.

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