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Porcelain with polychrome enamels over clear, colorless glaze
H x W x D: 9.9 x 37.8 x 37.8 cm (3 7/8 x 14 7/8 x 14 7/8 in)
Zhangzhou ware
Zhangzhou kilns, Fujian province, China
early 17th century
Ming dynasty
Bowl: everted rim, grit-encrusted foot, five chips in rim.
Clay: white porcelain, medium coarse, oxidized brown where exposed.
Glaze: clear, feldspathic; thick, "lardy" and pitted outside.
Decoration: Boldly painted in polychrome low-fired overglaze enamels, iron-red, turquoise, green and some black outlining. Two flying birds with clouds and large flowers fill the center; two dragons undulate among the clouds, flame and plant forms on the cavetto. Outside is a double iron-red line under the rim.
Estate of the Honorable William R. Castle. [1]
To 1970
Alan F., David C., and Donald F. Winslow, by inheritance from the estate of the Honorable William R. Castle. [2]
From 1970
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Alan F., David C., and Donald F. Winslow. [3]
[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
[2] The object came to the Freer Study Collection in 1970 (FSC-P-1133). It was transferred to the permanent collection in 1979. Alan F., David C., and Donald F. Winslow are the heirs of the Estate of the Honorable W. R. Castle. See note 1 and correspondences in the object file, Collections Management Office. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
[3] See note 2.
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Exhibition History:
Cornucopia: Ceramics of Southern Japan (December 19, 2009 to January 9, 2011)
Previous custodian or owner:
Estate of William Richards Castle (1849-1935)
Alan, Donald and David Winslow
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Credit Line:
Gift of Alan, David and Donald Winslow
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery