Bowl with landscapes

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng reign mark and period, 1723-1735
Porcelain with lead-silicate enamels over colorless clear glaze
Guyuexuan ware
H x W: 7.5 x 15.9 cm (2 15/16 x 6 1/4 in)
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Guyuexuan ware, porcelain, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911)
Provenance research underway.

Turning this bowl to view the four monochrome landscape panels is analogous to turning the pages of an album of ink-wash paintings.  The scenes on the bowl bear inscription and simulated red seal-impressions, elements of decor that further the comparison between these landscapes and album paintings.  The ornateness of the surrounding "millefleur" border pattern, however, is an aesthetic appreciated in porcelain painting that has no correlation in the traditions of album and scroll painting.  The poem on the bowl's facing side reads: "Beneath snowy bamboo, wintry green."  The seal contains the word "winter."

Published References
  • Jan Stuart. Unified Style in Chinese Painting and Porcelain in the 18th Century. vol. 41, no. 2, Summer 1995. p. 44, fig. 17.
  • B. A. Devere Bailey. The Old Moon Pavilion Ware. vol. 67, no. 393 London, December 1935. p. 267, pl. 1.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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