One of the so-called “Hui Hsien black figures” (forgery)

Historical period(s)
Modern period, early 20th century
Credit Line
Gift of Walter Wineberger
Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Sculpture


China, forgery, Modern period (1912 - present)

By 1948 to 1952
Walter M. Weinberger (1901-1971) method of acquisition unknown [1]

From 1952
Freer Gallery of Art, Study Collection, by gift from Walter M. Weinberger [2]


[1] Object in Walter M. Weinberger's collection in 1948, see Rutherford J. Gettens, "True and False Vermilion on Early Chinese Ceramics" in Far Eastern Ceramic Bulletin, Vol 1., no.1, plate III B. See also Study Collection Catalogue Card, copy in object file. Walter M. Weinberger identified himself as an "oriental importer" as early as 1939 and by 1949 owned and operated the antiquities dealership, Walter Weinberger & Co. at 4 Kingly Street in London, England.

[2] See note 1. The Study Collection Catalogue Card indicates that Weinberger gave this object to John A. Pope (1906-1982), the Assistant Director of the Freer Gallery of Art and steward of the museum's ceramic collection, in 1952. Pope and Weinberger were both active members in the Oriental Ceramics Society.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Walter Wineberger 1901-1971
Dr. John Alexander Pope 1906-1982

Published References
  • Rutherford John Gettens. True and False Vermilion on Early Chinese Ceramics. vol. 1, no. 1 Amsterdam. p. 670, plate III (B).
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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