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Gourd-shaped vase

Label Text

Purchased at the sale of the Samuel Colman Collection as an example of Japanese Tamba ware, this gourd-shaped vase nevertheless prompted Freer to wonder about its origins: "The question arises," he noted, "is not his piece of early Chinese manufacture?" Because the history of Asian ceramics was imperfectly understood in by American scholars and collectors in the early years of the twentieth century, pieces were often misattributed. In this case, Freer was correct to suspect that this was a Chinese piece: It was not, however, as old as he thought: the vase is now dated to the eighteenth or nineteenth century and regarded as an example of Yixing ware from Jinagsu province. In the Peacock Room in Detroit, the vase was displayed with a number of other tall, monochromatic vases and jars with dark, complex glazes and mottled surfaces.

Object Name

Vase

Ware

Yixing ware

Dated

18th-19th century

Period

Qing dynasty

Medium

Stoneware with blue glaze

Dimensions

HxWxD: 23.6 x 19.2 x 19.2 cm

City

Yixing

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

11

Wall

North

Title

Gourd-shaped vase

Object Number

F1902.73

Freer Source

American Art Association

Freer Source City

New York

Freer Source State

New York

Freer Source Country

United States

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1902.73.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Gourd-shaped vase," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1902.73, Item #3084, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3084 (accessed November 18, 2017).