Freer Acquires Ancient Chinese Ceramics Collection

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The Freer Gallery of Art acquires ancient Chinese ceramics collected by Helen Dalling Ling, an American who was married to a Chinese industrial chemist. The 29 objects include a footed jar from the Shang dynasty period (c. 1523-1028 B.C.) and six unbroken bowls from the Warring States period (480-222 B.C.). According to Director Thomas Lawton, the acquisition gives the Freer Gallery the best collection of ancient Chinese pottery in the United States.


  • Lawton, Thomas 1931-
  • Ling, Helen Dalling 1901-1982
  • Freer Gallery of Art


Chronology of Smithsonian History


"New Acquisitions Come to the Smithsonian: Freer Gallery of Art." The Smithsonian Torch (July 1984): 1, 7.

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