Covered box

Covered box. Mold-formed.
Clay: coarse porcelain.
Glaze: lead-silcate glaze, tinted green with copper, applied on the biscuit. Knob unglazed.
Decoration: mold-formed.
Mark: none.

Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, late 16th century
Medium
Porcelain with enamel glazes over biscuit
Style
Zhangzhou ware
Dimensions
H x Diam (assembled): 4.4 x 4.4 cm (1 3/4 x 1 3/4 in)
Geography
China, Fujian province, Zhangzhou, possibly Tiankeng kiln group
Credit Line
Gift of Ambassador and Mrs. Jack W. Lydman
Accession Number
S2010.2a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Container
Type

Box

Keywords
China, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), porcelain, WWII-era provenance, Zhangzhou ware
Provenance

From 1965-69 to 2005
Ambassador Jack Wilson Lydman (1914-2005), acquired in Jakarta, Indonesia between 1965 and 1969. [1]

From 2005 to 2010
Janine Lydman, Washington, DC and Berryville, Virginia, ownership transferred to Mrs. Lydman after the death of her husband, Ambassador Jack Wilson Lydman. [2]

From 2010
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Washington, DC and Janine Lydman, Berryville, Virginia. [3]

Notes:

[1] See Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1. See Deed of Gift, object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Mrs. Janine Lydman
Ambassador Jack Wilson Lydman 1914 - 2005

Description

Covered box. Mold-formed.
Clay: coarse porcelain.
Glaze: lead-silcate glaze, tinted green with copper, applied on the biscuit. Knob unglazed.
Decoration: mold-formed.
Mark: none.

Label

Specific kilns in the Zhangzhou complex in southern Fujian province produced boxes of this sort, molded of porcelain clay and glazed on the biscuit with lead-silicate enamel glazes in shades of green, yellow, and purple. Caches of such brightly-glazed containers have been unearthed on the island of Sulawesi, although they are rarely found elsewhere in Indonesia.

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

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