Historical period(s)
Northern Song or Jin dynasty, 12th century
Stoneware with Jun glaze and copper pigment
Jun ware
H x W: 28 x 12.8 cm (11 x 5 1/16 in)
China, Henan province, Yuxian
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Jin dynasty (1115 - 1234), Jun ware, Northern Song dynasty (960 - 1127), stoneware, WWII-era provenance

From 1947 to 1950
C.T. Loo & Company, New York, from November 1947 [1]

From 1950
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on June 28, 1950 [2]


[1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. CHL 7/939: "Porcellanous bottle vase, on high foot ring, pear shaped body with tall tubular neck expanding towards the lip. Entirely coated with a grayish blue glaze with large purplish red splashes imitating clouds so called sky after the rain. Chun ware SUNG," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file. According to an annotation on the stockcard, the object was acquired in China. On January 5, 1950, it was taken by Loo to the Freer Gallery for examination.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated June 28, 1950, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950


Pear-shaped bottles or vases with elongated, gently everted necks appear in Jun ware as well as other northern ceramic wares of the twelfth century. The semi-opaque sky-blue glaze of some Jun ware vessels approximates that of Ru ware, but other pieces like this bottle bear splashes of copper pigment fired to a red or purple color.

Published References
  • Chinese Art Society of America. Chinese Art Recently Acquired by American Museums. vol. 5 Honolulu. p. 73, fig. 11.
  • Hai wai i chen (Chinese Art in Overseas Collections). Taipei, 1985. vol. 3, p. 107.
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 19.
  • Daniel Rhodes. Clay and Glazes for the Potter. Arts and Crafts Series New York. pp. 32-33.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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