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Vase

Label Text

Speculating about the date of this Chinese vase, Freer mused, "The paste suggests Sung, but the glaze is Yuanish. Learn dynasty and, if possible, province." He had purchased this piece, along with seventeen other specimens, from the Dana Collection Sale, where it was described in the auction catalogue as a "tall jar, with gray crackle, claire-de-lune glaze, broken by crimson and purple splash" Although he was unsure of its precise attribution, Freer did believe this example—with its distinctive blue glaze—was Jun ware, produced in Henan province of China from the Song dynasty through the fifteenth century. It is actually a later example of a Qing dynasty Jun-style glaze. In the Peacock Room, which Freer called "the blue room," this bottle was one of more than forty Jun or Jun-style ceramics displayed along the south wall, just beneath Whistler's allegorical mural of two battling peacocks.

Object Name

Vase

Ware

Shiwan (Shekwan) ware

Dated

mid 17th-18th century

Period

Qing dynasty

Medium

Stoneware with Jun-style glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 30.4 x 12.2 cm

Locale

Shiwan kilns

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

88

Wall

South

Title

Vase

Object Number

F1898.32

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1898.32.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Vase," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1898.32, Item #3194, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3194 (accessed November 18, 2017).