Incense burner

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 19th-early 20th century
Porcelain with celadon glaze
Probably Zhangzhou ware
H x W: 12.9 x 17.8 cm (5 1/16 x 7 in)
China, Fujian province
Credit Line
Gift of Sherry Peters Matz and children
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Incense burner

China, incense, peony, porcelain, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance, Zhangzhou ware

From 1971-1975 to 1994
Sherry Peters Matz, Arlington, VA, acquired in Indonesia in 1971-1975 [1]

From 1994
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Sherry Peters Matz and children in 1994


[1] According to Curatorial Note 6, Louise Cort, February 9, 2011, in the object record.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Mrs. Sherry Peter Matz


This incense burner, probably made for use in a temple, was found in Indonesia. In its use of celadon glaze over a porcelain rather than stoneware body, it distantly echoes the wares made at the imperial workshop in Jingdezhen, but this object is obviously of lesser quality and a mass-produced, commercial ware. It may have been made at a private workshop in Jingdezhen, but other ceramic centers in coastal southern China also produced similar objects.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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