Covered box

Small round box with flat lid, tapering body, and flat base.
Clay: pale gray, fine-grained.
Glaze: translucent white, matte on outside; thin, shiny glaze on interior of body and lid; base unglazed.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt. On lid, double ring defining flattened top, on which is a large single flower with leaves. On the edge of the lid, four panels containing trailing cloud patterns, offset by cross-hatching on ground; single line above edge. On base, three trailing cloud motifs framed by single line below rim and single line near base.
Mark: none.
Condition: base broken and repaired.

Historical period(s)
Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty, 15th-16th century
Medium
Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2.7 x 4.1 x 4.1 cm (1 1/16 x 1 5/8 x 1 5/8 in)
Geography
Vietnam, Hai Duong province, Red River Delta kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Dean Frasché
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1989.10a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Container
Type

Box

Keywords
clear glaze, cobalt pigment, flower, Later Le dynasty (1428 - 1527), Mac dynasty (1527 - 1592), Restored Later Le dynasty (1533 - 1782), stoneware, Vietnam, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From 1964
Dean Frasché, collected in 1964 from Jogjakarta, Indonesia. [1]

To 1989
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Dean Frasché, Greenwich, Connecticut. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.

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

Previous Owner(s)

Dean Frasché 1906-1994

Description

Small round box with flat lid, tapering body, and flat base.
Clay: pale gray, fine-grained.
Glaze: translucent white, matte on outside; thin, shiny glaze on interior of body and lid; base unglazed.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt. On lid, double ring defining flattened top, on which is a large single flower with leaves. On the edge of the lid, four panels containing trailing cloud patterns, offset by cross-hatching on ground; single line above edge. On base, three trailing cloud motifs framed by single line below rim and single line near base.
Mark: none.
Condition: base broken and repaired.

Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Google Cultural Institute
F|S Southeast Asia
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