Dish

1. (John Forbes 25 April 1994) Finely crackled creamy white glaze on interior and creamy green glaze on exterior running evenly to foot, interior decorated with underglaze iron black floral spray in center (on which are seven pontil spur scars) surrounded by three clouds and a flaming pearl, everted rim and exterior shoulder decorated with calligraphic bands, extremely shallow foot borders bottom with traces of chocolate brown.

2. (Elzabeth Nguyen, intern, and Louise A. Cort, 8 October 1996)

Medium dish with everted rim, rounded lip, wide cavetto, small flat bottom with six spur marks and one blemish scar, on low, wide, beveled unglazed footrim.

CLAY: greyish-brown stoneware; slightly warped and uneven with bumps.
GLAZE: transparent, green tonality, with crackling. Brown wash on foot.
DECORATION: in underglaze iron pigment, grey-brown in color under the glaze and dark brown where the glaze is thin, exposing the iron to the atmosphere. The quickly and sparingly applied decor evokes a sense of continuous movement in infinite space. Inside the central medallion, marked by a circle with overlapped lines, is a floral spray resting on a leafy stem and surrounded by clusters of leaves painted as single brush lines and crowned by a wavy string. Encircling the medallion are a flaming jewel and three trailing clouds with miniature clouds attached to the tails. On the rim is a conventional classic scroll. On the exterior is a calligraphic design. Brown slip is painted on the base.

Historical period(s)
Tran dynasty, 14th century
Medium
Stoneware with iron pigment under transparent, green-toned glaze; iron pigment on base
Dimensions
H x W x D: 5.6 x 27.3 x 27.3 cm (2 3/16 x 10 3/4 x 10 3/4 in)
Geography
Vietnam, Hai Duong province, Red River Delta kilns
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1994.15
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Plate

Keywords
flower, stoneware, Tran dynasty (1225 - 1400), Vietnam, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1994
John Forbes, Silver Spring, Maryland, acquired in Manila, to 1994 [1]

From 1994
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from John Forbes in 1994

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Note 5 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s)

John Forbes

Description

1. (John Forbes 25 April 1994) Finely crackled creamy white glaze on interior and creamy green glaze on exterior running evenly to foot, interior decorated with underglaze iron black floral spray in center (on which are seven pontil spur scars) surrounded by three clouds and a flaming pearl, everted rim and exterior shoulder decorated with calligraphic bands, extremely shallow foot borders bottom with traces of chocolate brown.

2. (Elzabeth Nguyen, intern, and Louise A. Cort, 8 October 1996)

Medium dish with everted rim, rounded lip, wide cavetto, small flat bottom with six spur marks and one blemish scar, on low, wide, beveled unglazed footrim.

CLAY: greyish-brown stoneware; slightly warped and uneven with bumps.
GLAZE: transparent, green tonality, with crackling. Brown wash on foot.
DECORATION: in underglaze iron pigment, grey-brown in color under the glaze and dark brown where the glaze is thin, exposing the iron to the atmosphere. The quickly and sparingly applied decor evokes a sense of continuous movement in infinite space. Inside the central medallion, marked by a circle with overlapped lines, is a floral spray resting on a leafy stem and surrounded by clusters of leaves painted as single brush lines and crowned by a wavy string. Encircling the medallion are a flaming jewel and three trailing clouds with miniature clouds attached to the tails. On the rim is a conventional classic scroll. On the exterior is a calligraphic design. Brown slip is painted on the base.

Published References
  • Roxanna M. Brown. The Ceramics of South-East Asia: Their Dating and Identification. Oxford in Asia Studies in Ceramics, 2nd edition. Singapore and New York. pls. 10e-f.
Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Google Cultural Institute
F|S Southeast Asia
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