Dish with design of mandarin fish

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Dish with flattened rim. Blue-and-white.
Clay: fine white porcelain.
Glaze: transparent.
Decoration: in underglaze blue, a mandarin fish among water weeds in center; lotus scroll in and outside cavetto; wave pattern on rim. Unglazed base.

(L.A. Cort, November 1991) In decoration “large” is changed to “mandarin” in describing the fish.

Historical period(s)
Yuan dynasty, mid 14th century
Medium
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under colorless glaze
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x W: 8 x 45.5 cm (3 1/8 x 17 15/16 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1971.3
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Dish

Keywords
China, fish, Jingdezhen ware, lotus, porcelain, water, WWII-era provenance, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Bluett and Sons, Ltd. 1884 - 1992

Description

Dish with flattened rim. Blue-and-white.
Clay: fine white porcelain.
Glaze: transparent.
Decoration: in underglaze blue, a mandarin fish among water weeds in center; lotus scroll in and outside cavetto; wave pattern on rim. Unglazed base.

(L.A. Cort, November 1991) In decoration "large" is changed to "mandarin" in describing the fish.

Label

A mandarin fish, identified by its spiny fin and protruding jaw, swims through a dense growth of eelgrass, duckweed and clover fern. A lotus scroll twines endlessly in the well, and a diaper pattern border the flat rim. The division of the surface into concentric bands of disparate patterns reflects the decoration on Islamic metalwares.

Published References
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 71.
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 23, p. 32.
  • Art of Asia Recently Acquired by American Museums, 1971
    . vol. 26 New York and Honolulu, 1972-1973. p. 84, fig. 22.
  • the editors of Time-Life Books. China. Library of Nations Amsterdam. pp. 82-83.
  • Audrey McBain. Ming Blue and White Export Wares., November-December, 1982. p. 57.
  • Margaret Medley. The Chinese Potter: A Practical History of Chinese Ceramics. Oxford. fig. 133.
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 28.
  • Edwards Park. Treasures from the Smithsonian Institution., 1st ed. Washington and New York. p. 345.
  • William Watson. The Art of Dynastic China. New York, 1981. cat. 663.
  • Plate 2.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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