Bowl

Bowl: deep, with sloping everted rim. Glaze chips and spalling on lip. Foot-rim has some sandy grit which adhered during firing. Everted rim has some unevenness of thickness.

Clay: white porcelain; a few areas of orange iron oxidation on foot-rim.

Glaze: clear feldspathic porcelain glaze of medium gloss, some pitting and impurity inclusions. Slight wear scratches on inside of bottom, considerable pitting on glazed base. Foot-rim unglazed.

Decoration: painted in underglaze cobalt blue of good quality, line and wash. Central scene: three gentlemen and a servant at a picnic-style meal in a mountain landscape. Cavetto: a running landscape with western buildings (churches) and other foreign details as well as deer and Chinese figures. A band of conventionalized lotus petals divides cavetto and a similar mixed landscape on rim. Outside: cavetto, four oval medallions containing figures in landscape; rim, eight medallions alternating stylized birds and flowers.

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Historical period(s)
Ming or Qing dynasty, 1635-1655
Medium
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear, colorless glaze
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 8.3 x 29.2 x 29.2 cm (3 1/4 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
F1977.12
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bowl

Keywords
China, cobalt pigment, flower, Jingdezhen ware, landscape, lotus, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), mountain, porcelain, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911)
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Bowl: deep, with sloping everted rim. Glaze chips and spalling on lip. Foot-rim has some sandy grit which adhered during firing. Everted rim has some unevenness of thickness.

Clay: white porcelain; a few areas of orange iron oxidation on foot-rim.

Glaze: clear feldspathic porcelain glaze of medium gloss, some pitting and impurity inclusions. Slight wear scratches on inside of bottom, considerable pitting on glazed base. Foot-rim unglazed.

Decoration: painted in underglaze cobalt blue of good quality, line and wash. Central scene: three gentlemen and a servant at a picnic-style meal in a mountain landscape. Cavetto: a running landscape with western buildings (churches) and other foreign details as well as deer and Chinese figures. A band of conventionalized lotus petals divides cavetto and a similar mixed landscape on rim. Outside: cavetto, four oval medallions containing figures in landscape; rim, eight medallions alternating stylized birds and flowers.

Published References
  • Stephen Little. Chinese Ceramics of the Transitional Period, 1620-1683. Exh. cat. New York. fig. 11.
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 27, p. 37.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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