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profile: Bottle with inlaid designs of willow and lotus base: Bottle with inlaid designs of willow and lotus

Bottle with inlaid designs of willow and lotus

Type
Bottle
Historical period(s)
Joseon period, first half of 15th century
Medium
Stoneware with white inlay under colorless glaze
Style
Buncheong ware
Dimension(s)
H x Diam: 31.9 x 18.3 cm (12 9/16 x 7 3/16 in)
Geography
Korea, Jeolla-do
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1899.7
Label
In the Joseon period, pear-shaped bottles like this one largely replaced the broad-shouldered bottles more typical of the Goryeo dynasty. Compared to Goryeo inlay, the lotus flowers and willow tree sketched here are extremely simplified, leaving much of the surface plain.

To 1899
Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1899 [1]

From 1899 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1899 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] Undated folder sheet note. Also see Original Pottery List, L. 88, 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
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Keyword(s)
Buncheong ware, clear glaze, flower, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, lotus, stoneware, white inlay
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Korean Ceramics, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






The Freer is closed for renovation and reopening in 2017. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC.