Bottle

citation

The bottle’s graceful and spare decoration, leaving much white space, is executed in the style of an earlier period also known for its fine porcelain production–the Xuande era of the Ming dynasty (1426-1435). A lappet collar circles the low neck; a band of overlapping lotus petals rises from the base; six staggered sprays of auspicious flowers (in the upper tier) and fruits (in the lower tier) circle the flattened spherical body. The cobalt for these designs carefully duplicates the deep blue, irregularly mottled pigment characteristic of the early fifteenth century, whereas the six-character Yongzheng reign mark on the base uses the pale, even blue typical of that period.

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng reign mark and period, 1723-1735
Medium
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under colorless glaze
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 12.2 x 12.9 x 12.9 cm (4 13/16 x 5 1/16 x 5 1/16 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. John Alexander Pope
Accession Number
F1997.41
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bottle

Keywords
China, flower, Jingdezhen ware, lotus, porcelain, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1953
C.T. Loo & Company. [1]

From 1953 to 1982
Mr. John A. Pope (1906-1982), purchased from C.T. Loo & Company. [2]

From 1982 to 1997
Mrs. John A. Pope, Washington D.C., ownership transferred to Mrs. Pope after the death of her husband. [3]

From 1997
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Mrs. John A. Pope. [4]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 4 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1.

[4] See note 1. Also see “Acquisition Consideration Form”, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Mrs. John Alexander Pope
C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950
Dr. John Alexander Pope 1906 - 1982

Description

The bottle's graceful and spare decoration, leaving much white space, is executed in the style of an earlier period also known for its fine porcelain production--the Xuande era of the Ming dynasty (1426-1435). A lappet collar circles the low neck; a band of overlapping lotus petals rises from the base; six staggered sprays of auspicious flowers (in the upper tier) and fruits (in the lower tier) circle the flattened spherical body. The cobalt for these designs carefully duplicates the deep blue, irregularly mottled pigment characteristic of the early fifteenth century, whereas the six-character Yongzheng reign mark on the base uses the pale, even blue typical of that period.

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. p.252-253.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum