Water dropper in the form of a peach

Small pot molded in the shape of a peach with a small round mouth, stem in relief and concave base.
Clay: pale grey.
Glaze: whitish, opaque, coarsely crackled, abraded to even matteness on surface except where protected near raised stem and pointed end of peach form; thin clear glaze on interior; base unglazed.
Decoration: in inky blue underglaze cobalt. Dotted texture on stem; blossom and two leaves on body at end of stem. Bat on upper surface of body at pointed end. The peach and the bat are emblematic of longevity and good luck, following Chinese imagery.
Mark: none.
Condition: chip missing from one end of stem.

Historical period(s)
Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty, 16th century
Medium
Stoneware with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2.5 x 3.5 x 3.9 cm (1 x 1 3/8 x 1 9/16 in)
Geography
Vietnam, Hai Duong province, Red River Delta kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Dean Frasché
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1989.18
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Water dropper

Keywords
Later Le dynasty (1428 - 1527), Mac dynasty (1527 - 1592), peach, Restored Later Le dynasty (1533 - 1782), stoneware, Vietnam, water, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From 1947 to 1989
Dean Frasché, Greenwich, CT, acquired in Batavia (Jakarta) in 1947 [1]

From 1989
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Dean Frasché in 1989

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Note 3 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s)

Dean Frasché 1906-1994

Description

Small pot molded in the shape of a peach with a small round mouth, stem in relief and concave base.
Clay: pale grey.
Glaze: whitish, opaque, coarsely crackled, abraded to even matteness on surface except where protected near raised stem and pointed end of peach form; thin clear glaze on interior; base unglazed.
Decoration: in inky blue underglaze cobalt. Dotted texture on stem; blossom and two leaves on body at end of stem. Bat on upper surface of body at pointed end. The peach and the bat are emblematic of longevity and good luck, following Chinese imagery.
Mark: none.
Condition: chip missing from one end of stem.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort, George Williams, David P. Rehfuss. Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia. Washington. .
Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Google Cultural Institute
F|S Southeast Asia
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