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Bowl with Floral and Abstract Design

Period:
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Date:
dated 1847
Culture:
Korea
Medium:
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Dimensions:
H. 4 5/16 in. (10.6 cm); Diam. 7 3/8 in. (18.9 cm); Diam. of foot 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.174
  • Description

    This striking abstract design closely resembles that found on Kraak ware, Chinese blue-and-white porcelain exported to Europe in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The style is unusual in Korean porcelain. Also exceptional is the inscription in Korean characters (Hangeul) drilled into the glaze just above the foot. A number of porcelains with Hangeul inscriptions were produced from about the 1830s through the end of the nineteenth century. Many were used for celebratory events at the royal palace.

  • Provenance

    Private collection , Japan (early 1980s–2010; to Christie's) ; sale, Christie's, New York , March 24, 2010, lot 654; to MMA

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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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