Cup with landscape

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng reign mark and period, 1723-1735
Porcelain with colorless glaze and blue, black, and ruby enamels over the glaze
Guyuexuan ware
H x Diam: 5.1 × 10.2 cm (2 × 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


boat, China, falangcai, fungus-of-immortality, Guyuexuan ware, landscape, poems, porcelain, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), Seals and Inscriptions, willow tree

To 1932
Yamanaka & Co., New York. [1]

From 1932
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka & Co., New York. [2]


[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See Note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co.


The monochrome palette of this landscape complements the accompanying poem: <i>Blue haze wraps around Southern Mountain; everything becomes one color.<i>  After a blue enamel color was perfected in the early eighteenth century, porcelain decorators enjoyed using it to create monochrome designs analogous to scroll painting, in which ink alone expresses a range of landscape colors.  The artist who painted this cup varied the thickness of the enamel to achieve effects of shading.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 123.
  • Else S. Duncan. The Collector's First Handbook on Antique Chinese Ceramics. Chevy Chase. pl. 3.
  • The Imperial Sale (Christie's, Hong Kong). Hong Kong, April 26, 2004. lot 935.
  • F. St. G. Spendlove. Ku Yueh Hsuan Imperial Porcelain. vol. 10, no. 5 New York, October 1938. p. 16.
  • Jan Stuart. Unified Style in Chinese Painting and Porcelain in the 18th Century. vol. 41, no. 2, Summer 1995. p. 43, fig. 16.
  • B. A. Devere Bailey. The Old Moon Pavilion Ware. vol. 67, no. 393 London, December 1935. p. 270, pl. 2 D.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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