View right to left
profile: Dish with inventory inscription dated 1832 base: Dish with inventory inscription dated 1832 interior: Dish with inventory inscription dated 1832

Dish with inventory inscription dated 1832

Historical period(s)
Joseon period, 1832
Porcelain with transparent, pale blue glaze
Bunwon ware
4.7 x 17.8 cm
Korea, Gyeonggi-do province, Gwangju county, Bunwon-ri, Bunwon kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Elizabeth Lee Berger
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
This porcelain dish was made at the Bunwon kilns for use in the Joseon royal court. Tapped into the glaze with a pointed instrument is an inventory inscription giving a date equivalent to 1832. The inscription indicates that this dish was one of eighteen pieces of varying sizes registered in the storehouse of the Ja-Kyong Pavilion, a building within the Changkyong Palace built in 1777 by King Chongjo for his mother.

From early 1960s to 2002
Rear Adm. George Washington Pressey (died 1966) and Elizabeth Lee Berger (primo voto Mrs. George Washington Pressey) (1913-2002), Washington, D.C. [1]

From 2002
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Elizabeth Lee Berger, October 21, 2002 [2]


[1] According to information in the object's record, the vessel was acquired in Korea by Mrs. Berger and her first husband, Rear Adm. George Washington Pressey (died 1966), when they were posted there in the early 1960s.

[2] See Deed of Gift, acknowledging the acceptance of the object as gift to the Freer Gallery on October 21, 2002, copy in object file.

On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
Bunwon ware, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, pale blue glaze, porcelain
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Korean Ceramics, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

Get here quick! The Freer Gallery will close for renovation on January 4, 2016, so we can better present our art and serve our visitors. Check out to learn more and plan your trip.