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Vase

Label Text

This melon-shaped Ch'ing-pai ware vase has a brilliant white porcelain body that is tinted with an almost transparent blue glaze. It was purchased by Freer in 1907 as part of a group acquisition from a fellow collector, Horace Allen, who had amassed a significant group of ceramics during his time as a missionary in Korea. Of his vase, Allen had written "It is pronounced by those collectors who have seen it to be the finest piece of white Korai they have seen." He declared it "perfect," and Freer may have agreed, selecting it to be among the ceramics on prominent view in the Peacock Room. The origins of this piece, though once believed to be Korean, are now known to be eleventh-century Chinese, from the Northern Song dynasty.

Object Name

Vase

Ware

Qingbai ware

Dated

11th century

Period

Northern Song dynasty

Medium

Porcelain clay with transparent pale blue (qinqbai) glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 26.1 x 13.7 cm

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

64

Wall

East

Title

Vase

Object Number

F1907.289

Freer Source

Dr. Horace N. Allen

Freer Source City

Toledo

Freer Source State

OH

Freer Source Country

United States

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1907.289.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Vase," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1907.289, Item #3156, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3156 (accessed November 21, 2017).