Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 1736-1795
Medium
Glazed clay
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 27.2 x 19.2 x 12.1 cm (10 11/16 x 7 9/16 x 4 3/4 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1945.34
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Vase

Keywords
bamboo, bird, China, flower, Jingdezhen ware, magpie, plum blossom, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1945
T. H. Ching, New York. [1]

From 1945
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from T. H. Ching, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

T. H. Ching

Label

This porcelain vase, based on an archaic ritual bronze vessel, is decorated with enameled flower and bird paintings. The four floral designs are composed of roses and bamboo intertwined with morning glories, chrysanthemums and a blossoming plum tree with magpies. In traditional Chinese lore, magpies are symbolic of happiness.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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