Stem bowl permanently set into a stand, with both parts freely revolving

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Qianlong reign, 1736-1795
Porcelain with celadon and clear glazes, overglaze enamels
Jingdezhen ware
H x W: 13.1 x 16.4 cm (5 3/16 x 6 7/16 in)
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 13: Looking Out, Looking In: Art in Late Imperial China
Ceramic, Vessel


China, Jingdezhen ware, porcelain, Qianlong reign (1736 - 1796), Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance
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Technical virtuosity is displayed in the ingenious shapes and dazzling ornamentation of eighteenth-century imperial porcelains from Jingdezhen. By the Song dynasty (960–1279), if not earlier, it was customary to display some ceramic vessels on lacquer or porcelain stands to elevate them and set them above the mundane. In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries some vases were made with nondetachable ceramic stands, which provided a model for this court porcelain. The daring combination of a pale celadon glaze for the stand with bright overglaze enamel decoration reflects the two sides of Qing imperial taste: revival of Song dynasty elegance and outright flamboyance.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 41.
  • Geng Baochang. Ming Qing ci qi jian ding. Beijing. fig. 484.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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