Porcelain with sketchy cobalt decoration under pronounced bluish-toned (qingbai) glaze, in which the glazer’s fingerprints appear.

Historical period(s)
Yuan dynasty, 14th century
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear, bluish (qingbai) glaze
Jingdezhen ware
H x Diam: 5.3 × 5.3 cm (2 1/16 × 2 1/16 in)
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. John Alexander Pope
Freer Study Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Jingdezhen ware, porcelain, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)

From possibly 1968 to 1982
John A. Pope (1906-1982), Washington DC, possibly acquired in Manila, Philippines in 1968. [1]

From 1982 to 1997
Mrs. John A. Pope, Washington DC, ownership transferred to Mrs. Pope after the death of her husband, John A. Pope. [2]

From 1997
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Mrs. John A. Pope, Washington DC [3]


[1] According to Louise Cort’s remarks dated Dec 8, 1997: “It is quite possible that Dr. Pope purchased the jarlets in the Philippines for modest sums or even received them as gifts at the time of the 1968 Manila Trade Ceramics Seminar.” See Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See Acquisition Consideration Form, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Dr. John Alexander Pope 1906-1982
Annemarie Henle Pope 1907-2001


Porcelain with sketchy cobalt decoration under pronounced bluish-toned (qingbai) glaze, in which the glazer's fingerprints appear.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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