Historical period(s)
Joseon period, late 18th-19th century
Porcelain with transparent, pale blue glaze
Bunwon ware
H x W x D: 26.5 x 17 x 17 cm (10 7/16 x 6 11/16 x 6 11/16 in)
Korea, Gyeonggi-do province, Gwangju city, Bunwon-ri village, Bunwon kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Graenum and Emma Berger and Elizabeth Lee Berger in memory of Ambassador Samuel D. Berger
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Bunwon ware, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, pale blue glaze, porcelain, WWII-era provenance

To 1980
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Berger, Washington, D.C. collected by Ambassador Samuel D. Berger (1911-1980) [1]

Estate of Samuel D. Berger, Washington, D.C. [2]

Graenum and Emma Berger, New York, and Mrs. Samuel D. Berger, Washington, D.C. [3]

From 1980
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Graenum and Emma Berger and Mrs. Samuel D. Berger, May 1980 [4]


[1] See correspondence (copy in object file) between the Freer Gallery and Mr. Graenum Berger, brother of Mr. Samuel D. Berger, and Mrs. Elizabeth L. Berger, widow of Mr. Samuel D. Berger; a letter dated on May 22, 1980 from the Freer Gallery to Mr. Graenum Berger in particular states that the object, along with other two Korean pieces also offered as gift at the same time (F1980.187 and F1980.188), was from the estate of late Mr. Samuel Berger (1911-1980). A receipt issued on March 6, 1980 indicates that these Korean objects (F1980.186, F1980.187, and F1980.188) were delivered from the residence of Mrs. Samuel D. Berger in Washington D.C. to the Freer Gallery as gift. Samuel D. Berger was a U.S. Ambassador to South Korea from 1961 and resided there for about four years until 1964.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1.

[4] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Mr. and Mrs. Graenum and Emma Berger
Mrs. Elizabeth Lee Berger 1913 - 2002
Samuel D. Berger 1911 - 1980

Published References
  • Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Washington, D.C. no. 10.18, p. 178.
Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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