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백자 청화 꽃 무늬 대접 조선
白磁靑畫花文大楪 朝鮮
Bowl with floral and abstract designs

Period:
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Date:
dated 1847
Culture:
Korea
Medium:
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue design
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
Not on view
The striking, abstract designs on this bowl closely resemble those found on so-called Kraak ware, Chinese export blue-and-white porcelain from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The style is unusual in Korean porcelain. Based on the Korean-character (Hangeul) inscription drilled over the glaze above the foot, we can surmise that this was one of thirty bowls for use at Sunhwa Palace on the occasion of the royal wedding in 1847 of King Heonjong (r. 1834–49) to his formally selected concubine.
Inscription: "Made in the year of Jeongmi [the cyclical date corresponding to 1847], for [use on the occasion of the royal wedding banquet of] Queen Sunhwagung [second wife of King Heonjong, r. 1834–49]; thirty [of these bowls were made] for Jungso, [the residential quarters of certain groups of court officials]."

뎡 미 가 례 시 순 화 궁 요 간 이 듕 쇼 삼 듁
Private collection , Japan (early 1980s–2010; to Christie's) ; sale, Christie's, New York , March 24, 2010, lot 654; to MMA
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Korea," May 19, 2010–November 7, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Representation/Abstraction in Korean Art," November 23, 2010–March 20, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Patchwork Textiles Across Cultures," August 24, 2011–December 5, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of Korea: Buddhism and Buddhist Art," December 9, 2011–June 3, 2012.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Korean Art," June 8, 2012–November 11, 2012.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Flora and Fauna in Korean Art," June 15, 2013–June 1, 2014.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Still Life in Korean Art," June 7, 2014–February 1, 2015.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Korea: 100 Years of Collecting at the Met," February 7, 2015–March 27, 2016.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Splendors of Korean Art," October 1, 2016–September 22, 2018.

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