Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Jar with mismatched lid

  • Stoneware with pale celadon glaze
  • 10 x 8.3 x 8.3 cm
  • Longquan type ware
  • 17th century, Ming or Qing dynasty
  • Origin: Fujian province or Zhejiang province, China
  • Provenance: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Gift of Dean Frasché
  • F1989.9a-b


Small covered jar on pedestal foot, flaming jewel knob on lid.
Clay: light gray, gritty. On base, concealed by chalky yellowish powdery efflorescence.
Glaze: green glaze, lustrous pale sea green, coarsely crackled, deeper in tone where pooled around foot. Interior of body glazed; interior of lid unglazed.
Decoration: on body, incised under glaze, single line below rim, single line at base of neck, and single line on shoulder close to neck. On lid, incised under glaze, single line around dome.

Curatorial Remarks

1.  (L.A. Cort, 1989)  The glaze and form—high-shouldered, somewhat compressed body, tapering foot, prominent foot—are related to pieces attributed to the Longquan kilns, Zhejiang, in the Yuan or early Ming period (Southeast Asian Ceramic Society 1979, nos. 207–8, 212, 214–6).

Southeast Asian Ceramic Society. 1979. Chinese celadons and other related wares in Southeast Asia. Singapore: Southeast Asian Ceramic Society and the National Museum of Singapore.

2. (Louise Cort, 6 October 2014) Contradictory to what I wrote above, the form of the slightly barrel-shaped body and the lid (mismatched but of the same ware type) indicate a date in the late Ming or Qing dynasty. Jars of similar form were found, for example, on the Binh Thuan shipwreck, which can be dated from the blue-and-white wares on board to the early seventeenth century (Christie's Australia 2004, lots 263-266). The body and the pale, watery glaze may indicate a kiln in Fujian rather than Longquan.

Christie's Australia. 2004. The Binh Thuan Shipwreck, Melbourne, 1 & 2 March 2004.

Changed Perod form Yuan or Ming dynasty to Ming or Qing dynasty. Changed Date from 14th-15th century to 17th century.

3. (Najiba Choudhury, 10/28/2014) Transferred from the Provenance text field: "Collected by Dean Frasche in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1957. Described by him as Vietnamese."

4. (Jan Stuart, 21 August 2015) I found a note I had not entered from the visit of Fan Dongqing, former head of ceramics at the Shanghai Museum, when she visited in 1997. She commented that this is a jar of Longquan style probably made in Fujian or in Guangdong, and it probably is of Yuan dynasty date.

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