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

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  • Stoneware with copper-green glaze
  • 14 x 11 cm
  • Shiwan (Shekwan) ware
  • 19th-mid 20th century, Qing dynasty or modern period
  • Origin: Shiwan (Shekwan) kilns, Foshan, Guangdong province, China
  • Provenance: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.72

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 22 March 2007) Candlesticks of related form, but with tall everted foot rims beneath the dish for catching wax drippings (heights 22 cm and 28 cm), were recovered from the Tek Sing wreck and are described as "green glazed." Although the glaze is discolored and covered by coral incrustation, it appears to have been a copper-green glaze. The Tek Sing was a Chinese junk that sailed from Amoy in 1822 with a cargo of ceramics, tea, silk, and medicine (Nagel Auctions 2000, nos. TS252–TS254).

Nagel Auctions. 2000. Tek Sing Treasures. Stuttgart: Nagel Auctions.

2. (Louise Cort, 28 May 2007) On view in the Binh Duong Museum, Thu Dau Mot, were copper-green glazed lampstands of this form, with a central ridge, made at kilns active in the Thu Dau Mot area in the 19th century (Forty kilns were recorded in Thu Dau Mot as of 1861).

3. (Louise Cort, 28 May 2007) The ceramics storeroom of the Dong Nai Museum in Bien Hoa contains ceramics recovered within the province, primarily from the Dong Nai River, especially in the vicinity of Bien Hoa. The collection includes two tall copper-green glazed lamps as well as many unglazed ones.

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