Porcelain with cobalt decoration under colorless glaze
H x Diam: 14 × 26 cm (5 1/2 × 10 1/4 in)
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
early 15th century
Ming dynasty, Probably Yongle reign
Clay: fine white porcelain, thick.
Glaze: transparent, faintly bluish, streaky in some areas.
Decoration: in underglaze blue, a different flower spray on each side (lotus, peony, -?- and camellia); small sprays on base and foot.
Description by Jan Stuart (10 October 2003):
Deep, flared sides shaped as four bracket lobes rising to an everted rim, each lobe painted in underglaze blue with a different branching stem bearing two flowers, including peony, camellia, lotus and magnolia, raised on a pedestal base with four cloud-shaped feet joined by a shaped apron and painted with small detached flower sprigs.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Luxury and Luminosity: Visual Culture and the Ming Court (July 3, 2004 to June 26, 2005)
Chinese Flower Paintings (March 18, 1983 to September 22, 1983)