Bottle of Cizhou type

Historical period(s)
Jin or Yuan dynasty, 12th-mid 14th century
Stoneware with white slip and iron glaze
Cizhou or Cizhou-type ware
H x Diam (overall): 28.2 x 16.4 cm (11 1/8 x 6 7/16 in)
China, Shanxi or Hebei province, Cizhou kiln network
Credit Line
Purchase — funds provided by Charles Lang Freer Endowment and Lois S. Raphling, the Hassan Family Foundation, in memory of Dr. David L. Raphling
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Cizhou type ware, Cizhou ware, Jin dynasty (1115 - 1234), peony, stoneware, wine, WWII-era provenance, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)

Sale, The Malcolm Collection, Sotheby's, London, 1977 [2]

Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo [3]

From 2001/2002 to 2003
Anthony Carter, London, acquired in 2001/2002 [4]

From 2003
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Anthony Carter in 2003


[1] The Dugald Malcolm Collection was assembled in London between the 1920s and 1940s. The collection was housed for some years at London University's Percival David Foundation, whose curator, Margaret Medley, published this object to illustrate her discussion about cut-glazed Cizhou wares; see Margaret Medley, The Chinese Potter: A Practical History of Chinese Ceramics, 3rd ed. (1989, reissued 1998) (according to Curatorial Note 7, Jan Stuart, in the object record).

[2] According to Curatorial Note 7, Jan Stuart, in the object record.

[3]The object was, at some point, bought by the Idemitsu Collection of Chinese Ceramics, Tokyo, and was published by them in their catalogue (according to Curatorial Note 7, Jan Stuart, in the object record).

[4] See note 2.

Previous Owner(s)

Anthony Carter
Idemitsu Museum of Arts
Captain Dugald Malcolm English, 1917-2000
Percival David Foundation for Chinese Art

Published References
  • Sale of the Malcom Collection. London, March 29, 1977. lot 143.
  • Robert Mowry. Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers: Chinese Brown- and Black-Glazed Ceramics, 400-1400. Exh. cat. Cambridge, Massachusetts. .
  • Mary Tregear. Song Ceramics. London. pl. 92.
  • Jan Wirgin. Sung Ceramic Designs. no. 42, Stockholm. pl. 55.
  • Idemitsu Museum of Arts. Chugoku toji: Idemitsu Bijutsukan zohin zuroku [Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection]., Shohan. Tokyo. pl. 523.
  • Margaret Medley. The Chinese Potter: A Practical History of Chinese Ceramics. Oxford. p. 135.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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