Box

profile
profile interior and lid lid and base
Goryeo period, 12th century
Korea, Jeolla-do province, Gangjin or Buan county, Gangjin or Buan kilns
Porcelain with translucent, ivory-toned glaze
5.1 x 8.6 cm
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
F1907.300a-b

Provenance

To 1890
Unknown owners, Seoul, to 1890 [1]

From 1890 to 1907
Dr. Horace N. Allen (1858-1932), Toledo, Ohio, purchased in Seoul from unknown in 1890 [2]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Dr. Horace N. Allen 1907 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]

Notes:

[1] See Curatorial Remark 16, Louise Cort, January 4, 2012, in the object record, which states: "In Horace Allen's 1901 catalogue of his collection, he mentions that he acquired this box in Seoul in 1890" (see Horace Allen, Copy of a Certified Catalogue of a Collection of Ancient Korean Pottery [Seoul: 1901], pg. 11).

[2] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 1619, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Pamphlets S.I. 738 and S.I. 739, for Allen Correspondence, as well as Pamphlet S.I. 740, Original Allen Catalogue, No. 17, pg. 12. See also, note 1.

[3] See note 2.

[4] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.