Jar with six vertical lugs

Jar with thick, everted rim, long neck, six vertical lugs, slender body, incised and appliqued decoration, and amber-brown glaze.
Clay: fine-grained, light gray stoneware, wheel-thrown and thin.
Glaze: mottled, translucent iron-tinted glaze on exterior, ranging from golden-amber to dull brown depending on thickness and firing. Thin iron-tinted wash on interior. Flat, slightly concave base unglazed, and glaze wiped off lower edge of wall in scalloped pattern (of glazer’s thumb?).
Decoration: Six vertical lugs, each bearing three incised vertical grooves, evenly spaced around shoulder just below elongated, cylindrical neck. Upper end of lug pressed onto shoulder with edge facing down and bent upward and outward; lower end pressed down onto shoulder and attached with ornamental pinched lobe. Between each pair of lugs, freely incised design resembling vase of flowers. Below lugs, double horizontal row of evenly spaced appliqued bosses. Below them, freely incised medallions enclosing floral sprays (exact number not determined). Below them, single incised line overlaid with appliqued bosses.

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty to Republic period or Nguyen dyn., 18th-mid 20th century
Medium
Stoneware with iron wash and iron glaze
Dimensions
H x Diam: 57.3 x 38.2 cm (22 9/16 x 15 1/16 in)
Geography
China or Southern Vietnam, Guangdong or Fujian province
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Snyder
Collection
Freer Study Collection
Accession Number
FSC-P-4270.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar

Keywords
China, flower, Fujian ware, Guangdong ware, Modern period (1912 - present), Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), stoneware, Vietnam
Provenance

From 1974 to 1978
Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Snyder, Vienna, Virginia, purchased in Pakse, Laos. [1]

From 1978
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Synder, Vienna, Virginia. [2]

Notes:

[1] The donors lived in Laos from 1966 to 1975. In 1974 the donors purchased the jar in Pakse from a local peddler, from the hill tribes of Southern Laos. For further details see letters from Robert Snyder dated February 15, 1978 and March 25, 1998, copies in object file, Collections Management Office. See also Curatorial Remarks 1 and 2 in the object record.

[2] See letter from the Freer Gallery of Art to Robert Snyder dated April 14, 1978, copy in object file, Collections Management Office. See also Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s)

Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Snyder

Description

Jar with thick, everted rim, long neck, six vertical lugs, slender body, incised and appliqued decoration, and amber-brown glaze.
Clay: fine-grained, light gray stoneware, wheel-thrown and thin.
Glaze: mottled, translucent iron-tinted glaze on exterior, ranging from golden-amber to dull brown depending on thickness and firing. Thin iron-tinted wash on interior. Flat, slightly concave base unglazed, and glaze wiped off lower edge of wall in scalloped pattern (of glazer's thumb?).
Decoration: Six vertical lugs, each bearing three incised vertical grooves, evenly spaced around shoulder just below elongated, cylindrical neck. Upper end of lug pressed onto shoulder with edge facing down and bent upward and outward; lower end pressed down onto shoulder and attached with ornamental pinched lobe. Between each pair of lugs, freely incised design resembling vase of flowers. Below lugs, double horizontal row of evenly spaced appliqued bosses. Below them, freely incised medallions enclosing floral sprays (exact number not determined). Below them, single incised line overlaid with appliqued bosses.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art, Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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