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
- 25.6 x 27.2 cm
- 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.
Unidentified owner, China, to 1907 
From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in China from an unidentified owner in 1907 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Pottery List, L. 1490, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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.
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- China, Jun ware, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), Numbered Jun ware, stoneware, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
- Collection(s) Area
- Chinese Art
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum