Fragment, underglaze cobalt-blue-painted stoneware wall tile

Shape: Fragment of the face of a wall tile. Shard is approximately 1.5 cm thick.
Clay: Very fine, light beige in color; very few inclusions or air pockets.
Glaze: Clear, uncrackled.
Decoration: Finely painted cobalt-blue floral decoration. Exquisite control of brush and pigment, especially in the rendition of vines and tendrils of the painted vegetation.
Marks: None.

Historical period(s)
Yuan or Ming dynasty, 14th century
Medium
Glazed stoneware
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 1.5 x 6.3 x 4.9 cm (9/16 x 2 1/2 x 1 15/16 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Gift of John A. Pope
Collection
Freer Study Collection
Accession Number
FSC-P-435
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Architectural Element, Ceramic
Type

Tile (fragment)

Keywords
China, flower, Jingdezhen ware, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), stoneware, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Provenance

To 1957
Abu Ridho, Jakarta, Indonesia. [1]

1957
John A. Pope (1906-1982), Washington DC, gift of Abu Ridho, Jakarta, Indonesia. [2]

From 1957
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of John A. Pope, Washington DC [3]

Notes:

[1] See Curatorial Remarks 3 and 4 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1. See also object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. John Alexander Pope 1906-1982
Abu Ridho 1927 -

Description

Shape: Fragment of the face of a wall tile. Shard is approximately 1.5 cm thick.
Clay: Very fine, light beige in color; very few inclusions or air pockets.
Glaze: Clear, uncrackled.
Decoration: Finely painted cobalt-blue floral decoration. Exquisite control of brush and pigment, especially in the rendition of vines and tendrils of the painted vegetation.
Marks: None.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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