Cup base and wall (fragment)

Shape: Fragment of the base and wall of a green-glazed stoneware bowl. The footring is bevelled and unglazed on the outside and bottom. The inside of the glazed footring has a conical protrusion which extends approximately 0.1 cm below the base of the bowl. Outside diameter of the footring is 4.9 cm. Footring height is approximately 1.0 cm. Thickness of the bowl wall varies from 0.5 cm near the base to 0.2 cm at the highest remaining portion of the wall.

Clay: Very fine, white, porcelaneous stoneware with a few dark inclusions and a modest number of small air pockets.

Glaze: The outside of the bowl is covered with a rich green glaze, while the inside is coated with a clear glaze which shades to a delicate seawater green where it is thicker. Both glazes are uncrackled and of high quality. The green glaze on the outside shows a few spots where small particles of iron fired very dark and “bled” in the direction of the glaze flow (i.e., toward the foot of the bowl). The inside of the footring is glazed with the same green glaze as the outside of the bowl, while the unglazed outside is covered with a dark chocolate slip. The base of the footring is completely unglazed.

Decoration: Impressed underglaze grooves radiate upward from the foot of the bowl toward the mouth. The green glaze is much thicker in the depressions formed by these grooves, creating the impression of pronounced fluting.

Marks: None.

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Historical period(s)
Later Le dynasty, 16th century
Medium
Stoneware with copper-green and clear glazes and iron pigment
Dimensions
H x W x D: 4.2 x 8.4 x 6.2 cm (1 5/8 x 3 5/16 x 2 7/16 in)
Geography
Vietnam, Hai Duong province, Red River Delta kilns
Credit Line
Gift of John A. Pope
Collection
Freer Study Collection
Accession Number
FSC-P-441
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Cup (fragment)

Keywords
Later Le dynasty (1428 - 1527), stoneware, Vietnam
Provenance

To 1957
Abu Ridho, Jakarta, Indonesia. [1]

1957
John A. Pope (1906-1982), Washington DC, gift of Abu Ridho, Jakarta, Indonesia. [2]

From 1957
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of John A. Pope, Washington DC [3]

Notes:

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

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1. See also object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Dr. John Alexander Pope 1906-1982
Abu Ridho born 1927

Description

Shape: Fragment of the base and wall of a green-glazed stoneware bowl. The footring is bevelled and unglazed on the outside and bottom. The inside of the glazed footring has a conical protrusion which extends approximately 0.1 cm below the base of the bowl. Outside diameter of the footring is 4.9 cm. Footring height is approximately 1.0 cm. Thickness of the bowl wall varies from 0.5 cm near the base to 0.2 cm at the highest remaining portion of the wall.

Clay: Very fine, white, porcelaneous stoneware with a few dark inclusions and a modest number of small air pockets.

Glaze: The outside of the bowl is covered with a rich green glaze, while the inside is coated with a clear glaze which shades to a delicate seawater green where it is thicker. Both glazes are uncrackled and of high quality. The green glaze on the outside shows a few spots where small particles of iron fired very dark and "bled" in the direction of the glaze flow (i.e., toward the foot of the bowl). The inside of the footring is glazed with the same green glaze as the outside of the bowl, while the unglazed outside is covered with a dark chocolate slip. The base of the footring is completely unglazed.

Decoration: Impressed underglaze grooves radiate upward from the foot of the bowl toward the mouth. The green glaze is much thicker in the depressions formed by these grooves, creating the impression of pronounced fluting.

Marks: None.

Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
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