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Bowl, Cizhou-type ware

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century
Stoneware with white slip and iron pigment under clear glaze
Cizhou-type ware
H x W: 6.9 x 15.8 cm (2 11/16 x 6 1/4 in)
China, Guangdong province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Bowl, broad ovoidal; bold basal ring.
Clay: hard, grayish, sonant.
Glaze: glassy; cream slip under glaze, inside; light warm brown with darker cloudings, outside; fissured, blistered, and chipped.
Decoration: in under-glaze cream and brown slip. Around the outside--flowers and calligraphic squiggles.

To 1896
Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1896 [1]

From 1896 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1896 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 471, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[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.

Former owner
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
China, Cizhou ware, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), stoneware
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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