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Planter with impressed character yi (one)

Historical period(s)
Probably Ming dynasty, or possibly Yuan dynasty, Probably early 15th century, possibly second half of the 14th century
Stoneware with Jun glaze
Jun ware
H x W: 25.6 x 27.2 cm (10 1/16 x 10 11/16 in)
China, Henan province, Yuxian, Juntai
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
This planter shows the thick, opalescent blue glaze that distinguishes Jun ware. Five holes in the base indicate its intended use as a planter; it once rested in a matching shallow saucer. The number "one" is incised on the base--one being the largest of ten sizes. The numbers are presumably for ease of matching containers and saucers. Dating of Numbered Jun wares is controversial. The most likely date is early 15th century, with the objects having been made for the Ming court that was newly built in Beijing, but a date in the second half of the 14th century cannot be absolutely ruled out.

To 1907
Unidentified owner, China, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in China from an unidentified owner in 1907 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1490, 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
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
China, Jun ware, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), Numbered Jun ware, stoneware, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
The Story of the Beautiful, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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