Box with three sculpted lotus flowers inside

Historical period(s)
Southern Song dynasty, mid 12th-early 13th century
Porcelain with transparent pale blue (qingbbai) glaze
Qingbai ware
H x W: 4.4 x 9.1 cm (1 3/4 x 3 9/16 in)
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Container


China, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), porcelain, Qingbai ware, Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279)

Peter Johannes Bahr (died circa 1928), Shanghai, purchased in China [1]

To 1916
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), New York, NY, acquired from his brother, Peter Johannes Bahr, to 1916 [2]

From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Abel William Bahr, New York, in 1916 [3]

From 1920
The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]


[1] According to F1916.198a-b, Curatorial Remark 3, Charles Lang Freer, in the object record, F1916.197 and F1916.243 were bought from A. W. Bahr in February 1916, and were said by him to have been purchased by his brother Peter in China.

[2] See Original Pottery List, L. 2474, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Abel William Bahr (C.L. Freer source) 1877-1959
Peter Johannes Bahr 1882-1929

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 48.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope. Chinese Ceramics and Tom Harrisson. vol. 19, no. 1 Washington and Zurich. pp. 68-69.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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