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Porcelain with transparent pale-blue (qingbai) glaze
H x Diam: 71.9 × 18.8 cm (28 5/16 × 7 3/8 in)
Qingbai ware
Jiangxi province, China
13th century
Southern Song or Yuan dynasty
Funeral vase: tall, slender, on hollowed, spreading feet. Wood stand.
Clay: soft, light-weight, gray-white.
Glaze: thin, transparent green celadon; close brown crackle. Areas of stain and of over-baked wrinkled glaze.
Decoration: hieratic figures and a dragon supporting the sun-disk - in applied relief, under glaze.
The following information was carved on the box in which this object arrived:
Inscription on front of base: ku fo she li t'a [CHN].
Inscription on front of base: ku fo she li t'a [CHN].
To 1903
Yamanaka & Company, to 1903 [1]
From 1903 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1903 [2]
From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
[1] Undated folder sheet note. Also see Original Pottery List, L. 1268, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. The majority of Charles Lang Freer’s purchases from Yamanaka & Company were made at its New York branch. Yamanaka & Company maintained branch offices, at various times, in Boston, Chicago, London, Peking, Shanghai, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. During the summer, the company also maintained seasonal locations in Newport, Bar Harbor, and Atlantic City.
[2] See note 1.
[3] 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.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
The Peacock Room Comes to America [2022] (September 3, 2022 - ongoing)
The Peacock Room Comes to America [2017-2019] (October 14, 2017 to January 2, 2019)
The Peacock Room Comes to America [2011-2016] (April 9, 2011 to January 4, 2016)
America Meets Asia at the Freer Gallery of Art (May 9, 1993 to June 2, 1998)
Previous custodian or owner:
Yamanaka and Co. 山中商会 (1917-1965) (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
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Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
On View:
Freer Gallery 12: The Peacock Room Comes to America
Related Online Resources:
Google Cultural Institute
The Story of the Beautiful
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery