Cup with landscape

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng reign mark and period, circa 1732
Porcelain with colorless glaze and blue, black, and ruby enamels over the glaze
falangcai style painting on Jingdezhen porcelain body
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. 1917 - 1965


The monochrome palette of this landscape complements the accompanying poem: <i>Blue-green wraps around South Mountain--merging into 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: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, 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
Google Cultural Institute
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