Covered box

Molded box of compressed form with short foot, slightly recessed base, covered by a lid with flat top.
Clay: creamy grey stoneware.
Glaze: dark brown, low gloss, opaque on outside of box and edges of lid, leaving center of lid unglazed. A thin layer of caramel glaze covers the interior of the box; inside of the lid, flange, foot and base are unglazed.
Decoration: the lid is decorated with a medallion stamped with two floral sprays inside a circular frame textured by slanting lines.

Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century
Medium
Stoneware with iron glaze
Dimensions
H x Diam (overall): 3.4 x 6.1 cm (1 5/16 x 2 3/8 in)
Geography
China, Fujian province or Guangdong province
Credit Line
Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2005.43a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Container
Type

Covered box

Keywords
brown and black glaze, China, flower, Hauge collection, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), stoneware, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From at least 1973 to 2005
Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge [1]

From 2005
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hauge in 2005

Notes:

[1] Object file. Collected while the Hauges were living in Thailand (1967-1972/73).

Previous Owner(s)

Victor and Takako Hauge American (1919-2013, 1923-2015)
Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge (1914-2004) and (died 2000)

Description

Molded box of compressed form with short foot, slightly recessed base, covered by a lid with flat top.
Clay: creamy grey stoneware.
Glaze: dark brown, low gloss, opaque on outside of box and edges of lid, leaving center of lid unglazed. A thin layer of caramel glaze covers the interior of the box; inside of the lid, flange, foot and base are unglazed.
Decoration: the lid is decorated with a medallion stamped with two floral sprays inside a circular frame textured by slanting lines.

Published References
  • Fuiripin no watatta yakimono seiji to hakuji wo chushin ni: Toyama Sato Bijutsukan Seki Korekushiyon. .
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Google Cultural Institute
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