Yue ware covered box with design of three flowers


Historical period(s)
Northern Song dynasty, late 10th century
Stoneware with gray-green translucent glaze
Yue ware
H x W: 5.2 x 13.7 cm (2 1/16 x 5 3/8 in)
China, Zhejiang province, Shanglinhu kilns
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 15: Setting the Bar: Arts of the Song Dynasty
Ceramic, Container


China, flower, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), stoneware, WWII-era provenance, Yue ware
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Mathias Komor 1909 - 1984


This box was made at a late Yue-ware kiln around the time the Longquan kilns were beginning to produce a distinctive ware. The flat shape of the cover came into vogue during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). The subtle, translucent gray-green glaze accents the molded peony motif, which is further enhanced with delicate incising and combing. The fluid design and its dense arrangement over the cover's entire surface are typical of the finest Northern Song Yue ware.

Published References
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 123, p. 178.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 66.
  • Grace Dunham Guest A.G. Wenley. Annotated Outlines of the History of Chinese Arts. Washington, 1949. p. 9.
  • G. St. G.M. Gompertz. Chinese Celadon Wares. Faber Monographs on Pottery and Porcelain London. pl. 18a.
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 14.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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