Historical period(s)
Ming or Qing dynasty, 1465-87, or possibly 18th century
Porcelain with cobalt under colorless glaze
Jingdezhen ware
H x W: 4.4 x 20.1 cm (1 3/4 x 7 15/16 in)
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Jingdezhen ware, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), porcelain, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Edward T. Chow 1910 - 1980
Mathias Komor 1909 - 1984


This dish is very similar to F1951.10; both are decorated the same and both bear a Chenghua (1465-87) reign mark on the base. Some scholars accept both dishes as genuine works of the Chenghua reign; however, it is very possible that this dish (F1951.11) is a later copy, probably made during the eighteenth century. Regardless of its date, it is a very refined piece that offers room for speculation about what is the acceptable range of variation for genuine Chenghua wares; or the dish may be a window onto Qing dynasty copies of earlier porcelain.

Reasons to question the date of the bowl include the bluish tint of the clear glaze, which is not typical of the Chenghua period. Also, the way the foot has been trimmed relates more closely to practices during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) than during the Ming. Moreover, the treatment of the cobalt lines in the painting looks mannered, as if the painter was intentionally trying to introduce some areas of darker blue to resemble a naturally occuring effect seen in Chenghua wares.

Published References
  • Ming Porcelains in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1953. p. 23, fig. 18.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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