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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Lobed Flowerpot with Foliate Rim
Work Type
probably 15th century
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Henan province
Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
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Physical Descriptions
Numbered Jun ware: light gray stoneware with variegated purple and blue glaze; with Chinese numeral 1 (yi) inscribed on base before firing; "Hall of Mental Cultivation" (Yangxin dian) inscription incised on base at a later date
max.: H. 20.3 × W. 29.3 × D. 27.8 cm (8 × 11 9/16 × 10 15/16 in.)
base: W. 14.5 × D. 13.8 cm (5 11/16 × 5 7/16 in.)
weight: 3461.3 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: inscribed (probably stamped) on base before firing: 一 yi (one)
  • inscription: incised on glazed base at a later date: 養心殿 長春書屋用 Yangxin dian Changchun shuwu yong (Hall of Mental Cultivation, used in the Studio of Everlasting Spring)
  • label: affixed to base: palace inventory label with brush-written Chinese characters
  • collector's mark: affixed to interior, on vessel floor: sticker with handwritten number 2
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

George J. Lee, "Numbered Chün Ware", Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, Oriental Ceramics Society (London, 1945-1946), Vol. 21, pp. 53-63, n.p., plate 15

Henry Trubner, Chinese Ceramics, from the prehistoric period through Ch'ien Lung: a loan exhibition from collections in America and Japan, exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum (Los Angeles, CA, 1952), p. 71, no. 122

Exhibition History

Permanent Gallery Exhibition, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, 06/25/1949 - 06/28/1972

Chinese Ceramics from the Prehistoric Period through Ch'ien Lung, Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science and Art, 03/14/1952 - 04/27/1952

Adorning the Inner Court: Jun Ware for the Chinese Palace, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/20/2017 - 08/13/2017

Subjects and Contexts

Jun Ware

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