Dish

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Large dish with everted rim, upright glazed lip, deep cavetto, wide flat bottom slightly domed in the center, on low, beveled, unglazed footrim.
Clay: greyish-brown stoneware; long firing crack running from rim to center; another short firing crack on rim, two on footrim.
Glaze: transparent ivory-grey tone; possibly a coating of white slip under the glaze. Glaze cut away from upright edge of rim. Some pinholes and fine wear scratches on the surface. Base entirely covered by chocolate-brown slip brushed concentrically, leaving some brush marks.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt, deep grayish-blue in color, executed with thick brush strokes without outlining, using some fine-lined fill details and some secondary lines on the cavetto vinescroll. In the bottom is a peony spray showing the blossom in profile and “cross-section,” rising on a leafy stem and surrounded by three clusters of four-pointed leaves. Enclosing the floral spray is a band demarcated by two pairs of concentric circles, containing ten complete scalloped petals (or waves) and one abbreviated one interspersed with hooked lines, leaning in a counter-clockwise direction. In the cavetto, also bordered above by a pair of concentric circles, five full-face six-petaled flowers alternate with vinescrolls whose stems are attached alternately to the upper or lower edge of the band. On the everted rim is a conventional classic scroll. On the exterior are fourteen lotus panels (and one abbreviated one) enclosing pendant scrolls.
Mark: none

Historical period(s)
Later Le, Mac, or Restored Later Le dynasty, late 15th-16th century
Medium
Stoneware with white slip and cobalt pigment under clear, colorless glaze; iron wash on base
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7 x 36.5 x 36.5 cm (2 3/4 x 14 3/8 x 14 3/8 in)
Geography
Vietnam, Hai Duong province, Red River Delta kilns
Credit Line
Anonymous gift
Accession Number
F1991.55
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Dish

Keywords
cobalt pigment, flower, iron wash, Later Le dynasty (1428 - 1527), lotus, Mac dynasty (1527 - 1592), peony, Restored Later Le dynasty (1533 - 1782), stoneware, Vietnam, white slip, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From ca. 1956-58 to 1991
Private collector, McLean, Virginia, acquired in Taipei between 1956 and 1958. [1]

From 1991
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of an anonymous donor, McLean, Virginia. [2]

Notes:

[1] See Curatorial Remark 4 in the object record. See also object file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Mr. and Mrs. Province Henry

Description

Large dish with everted rim, upright glazed lip, deep cavetto, wide flat bottom slightly domed in the center, on low, beveled, unglazed footrim.
Clay: greyish-brown stoneware; long firing crack running from rim to center; another short firing crack on rim, two on footrim.
Glaze: transparent ivory-grey tone; possibly a coating of white slip under the glaze. Glaze cut away from upright edge of rim. Some pinholes and fine wear scratches on the surface. Base entirely covered by chocolate-brown slip brushed concentrically, leaving some brush marks.
Decoration: in underglaze cobalt, deep grayish-blue in color, executed with thick brush strokes without outlining, using some fine-lined fill details and some secondary lines on the cavetto vinescroll. In the bottom is a peony spray showing the blossom in profile and "cross-section," rising on a leafy stem and surrounded by three clusters of four-pointed leaves. Enclosing the floral spray is a band demarcated by two pairs of concentric circles, containing ten complete scalloped petals (or waves) and one abbreviated one interspersed with hooked lines, leaning in a counter-clockwise direction. In the cavetto, also bordered above by a pair of concentric circles, five full-face six-petaled flowers alternate with vinescrolls whose stems are attached alternately to the upper or lower edge of the band. On the everted rim is a conventional classic scroll. On the exterior are fourteen lotus panels (and one abbreviated one) enclosing pendant scrolls.
Mark: none

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

Copyright with museum