Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
Collections in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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Bottle with spout

  • Stoneware with iron glaze
  • 14.3 x 10.4 cm
  • 17th-19th century, Qing dynasty
  • Origin: Probably Guangdong province, China
  • Provenance: Thailand or Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.60


Spouted bottle.
Clay: brown plastic clay.
Glaze: thin iron glaze.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 17 September 2003)  A bottle of the same ware with thin, runny iron glaze and a "pinched" S-shaped spout, but with a wider mouth, is published in Honda 2001, no. 51 (h. 8.0 cm). The clay body appears to be reddish. The jar was recovered from a sunken ship in the shallows off the western end of Java, together with objects of Southern Song date. The same collection also contains small jars of spherical or cylindrical form in the same sort of ware (no. 53, h. 5.7 cm; no. 55, h. 6.5 cm).

Honda Hiromu. 2001. Nankai no bijutsu kōgei [Arts and crafts of Southeast Asia]. Tokyo: Ribun Shuppan.  

2. (Louise Cort, 27 January 2006)  Related by glaze and ware to S2005.59.

3. (Louise Cort, 27 August 2007) A ewer of this type is in the collection of the National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh (kha 1773/H.46.2). The bent tip of the spout is broken off.

4. (Louise Cort, 22 Sept 2010) According to Zhang Zhongchun, curator, Xiamen Museum, Chinese bottles of this type usually have handles. He does not know where this bottle is from.

5. (Louise Cort, 12 February 2015) Dr. Sarah Bekker collected several of these bottles while living in Bangkok form 1964 to 1971. On the slides recording the bottles (now in the Freer and Sackler Archives), she termed them "crooked spout pitchers." A group of six such bottles was auctioned with her estate at Sloans and Kenyong in 2013, sale 79, lot 419. (They were described as Thai, 15th century.)

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