Yamanaka & Co., New York. 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka & Co., New York. 
 Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s)
Yamanaka and Co.
Yongzhen (Yung Cheng) period, Polychrome --Guyuexuan (Ku Yueh Hsuan) type.
Shallow bowl with carved ivory stand. Polychrome.
White porcelain, decorated, in overglaze enamel colors, with flowers, calligraphy, and seals.
Four-character mark of the Yung Cheng period (1723-1735) in overglaze blue enamel, under the base.
During the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), emperors sometimes ordered court artists to decorate porcelains, a practice that intensified the aesthetic link between paintings and ceramics. The depiction of branches of cut flowers isolated from a garden environment is a conventional image for summer borrowed from handscroll paintings of the seasons. Chinese painters often inscribed their works with poetry. This dish also bears a poem, which begins: "On a beautiful day, the fragrant clusters display auspicious colors."
- Published References
- Hugh M. Moss. By Imperial Command: An Introduction to Ch'ing Imperial Painted Enamels. 2 vols., Hong Kong. pl. 60, pp. 75-77.
- Yang Enlin. Chinesische Porzellanmalerei im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert. Munich. ill. 77.
- B. A. Devere Bailey. The Old Moon Pavilion Ware. vol. 67, no. 393 London, December 1935. p. 267, pls. I, J.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
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