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Vase with relief design of peony scroll

Label Text

Western connoisseurs who collected Chinese ceramics at the turn of the century knew relatively little about earlier wares. Since the meticulously formed and decorated Qing dynasty porcelains were generally regarded as the culminating achievement of a centuries-old tradition, it was assumed that the earlier wares must be more heavily potted and glazed. Thus, when Freer purchased this jar in 1894, he accepted the Song dynasty date assigned to it. However, its robust shape, lustrous glaze, and bold floral decoration are characteristic of the Shiwan wares made in Guangdong province during the late Ming and Qing dynasties. This vase is an especially fine example of Shiwan ware, and its quality helps explain why both Chinese and Western collectors originally valued such objects so highly.

Object Name

Vase

Ware

Shiwan (Shekwan) ware

Dated

17th century

Period

Ming dynasty

Medium

Stoneware with opaque white glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 32.3 x 23.6 cm

Locale

Shiwan kilns

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

83

Wall

East

Title

Vase with relief design of peony scroll

Object Number

F1894.3a-b

Freer Source

R. E. Moore

Freer Source City

New York

Freer Source State

New York

Freer Source Country

United States

Image

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Collection

Citation

"Vase with relief design of peony scroll," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1894.3a-b, Item #3188, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3188 (accessed November 21, 2017).