Dish with poem and design of orchid and rock

Small dish with upcurving sides.
Clay: porcelain.
Glaze: lustrous clear glaze.
Decoration: in cobalt pigment under the glaze, design of orchids beside an ornamental garden rock, accompanied by a poem written in Chinese, consisting of two lines of five characters each.
Mark: On the base is an abstracted signature that may be ornamental.

Historical period(s)
Ming or Qing dynasty, mid 17th century
Medium
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x W: 3 x 15.4 cm (1 3/16 x 6 1/16 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Collection
Freer Study Collection
Accession Number
FSC-P-4773
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Dish

Keywords
China, Jingdezhen ware, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), porcelain
Provenance

To 1999
John and Betty Menke, Rye, New York, purchased at a sale in the United States at an unknown date. [1]

From 1999
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of John and Betty Menke, Rye, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] John Menke purchased this dish at a sale in the United States at an unknown date. See Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.

[2] See Acquisition Consideration Form, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Betty and John R. Menke

Description

Small dish with upcurving sides.
Clay: porcelain.
Glaze: lustrous clear glaze.
Decoration: in cobalt pigment under the glaze, design of orchids beside an ornamental garden rock, accompanied by a poem written in Chinese, consisting of two lines of five characters each.
Mark: On the base is an abstracted signature that may be ornamental.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Google Cultural Institute
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