Dish

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Large dish, thickly potted, with narrow everted rim, deep cavetto, flat center over flat base, and low rounded foot.
Clay: stoneware; dense, smooth, light grayish-buff.
Glaze: thin, high-fired, transparent, low luster, over white slip. Thin light-brown translucent glaze brushed unevenly onto foot. Foot rim unglazed. Base wiped counter-clockwise with thin glaze wash marked with striations.
Decoration: Painted in underglaze cobalt blue on white slip. Central design is of two fish facing in opposite directions and ventrally opposed among water weeds. This is framed by a narrow band within double lines, containing six spaced motifs — three cloud scrolls alternating with three six-petal flowers and scrolls. Cavetto has eight peony flowers alternating with sprays of spiky leaves. Although interrupted, the impression is of a continuous scroll. Exterior of cavetto, lotus petal panels containing pendant scroll.
Mark: none.

Historical period(s)
Later Le dynasty, 15th century
Medium
Stoneware with white slip and cobalt pigment under colorless glaze; iron slip on base
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7.5 x 37.7 x 37.7 cm (2 15/16 x 14 13/16 x 14 13/16 in)
Geography
Vietnam, Hai Duong province, Red River Delta kilns
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1987.8
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Dish

Keywords
carp, cloud, fish, flower, Later Le dynasty (1428 - 1527), lotus, peony, stoneware, Vietnam, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1987
Mrs. A.D. Worthington, Vienna, Virginia, acquired in Jakarta, to 1987 [1]

From 1987
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Mrs. A.D. Worthington in 1987

Notes:

[1] According to Mrs. Worthington, when she purchased the object in Jakarta, Indonesia, she was told that it had come from Sulawesi (see Curatorial Note 6, Louise Cort, May 12, 2004, in object record).

Previous Owner(s)

Mrs. A.D. Worthington

Description

Large dish, thickly potted, with narrow everted rim, deep cavetto, flat center over flat base, and low rounded foot.
Clay: stoneware; dense, smooth, light grayish-buff.
Glaze: thin, high-fired, transparent, low luster, over white slip. Thin light-brown translucent glaze brushed unevenly onto foot. Foot rim unglazed. Base wiped counter-clockwise with thin glaze wash marked with striations.
Decoration: Painted in underglaze cobalt blue on white slip. Central design is of two fish facing in opposite directions and ventrally opposed among water weeds. This is framed by a narrow band within double lines, containing six spaced motifs -- three cloud scrolls alternating with three six-petal flowers and scrolls. Cavetto has eight peony flowers alternating with sprays of spiky leaves. Although interrupted, the impression is of a continuous scroll. Exterior of cavetto, lotus petal panels containing pendant scroll.
Mark: none.

Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum