Vase

Vase (a) with wooden stand (b), in a hinged box with inscription. Very thinly potted. With spurious square four-character Qianlong mark on base in blue enamel.
Clay: porcelain of finest quality.
Glaze: porcelain glaze, overall effect slightly grayish.
Decoration: Qianlong style overglaze enamels. Elaborate borders at lip and base; finely executed painting of birds, flowers, rock and stunted tree. Bead ornaments are pendant from lip border. Poem in black with red seals.

Historical period(s)
Modern period, possibly Hongxian era, 1916 or later
Medium
Porcelain with enamels over clear glaze
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 22.5 x 10.7 x 10.7 cm (8 7/8 x 4 3/16 x 4 3/16 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Bray in memory of Richard P. Bray, Jr.
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1986.32a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Vase

Keywords
bird, China, enamel, Jingdezhen ware, Modern period (1912 - present), porcelain, tree
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Vase (a) with wooden stand (b), in a hinged box with inscription. Very thinly potted. With spurious square four-character Qianlong mark on base in blue enamel.
Clay: porcelain of finest quality.
Glaze: porcelain glaze, overall effect slightly grayish.
Decoration: Qianlong style overglaze enamels. Elaborate borders at lip and base; finely executed painting of birds, flowers, rock and stunted tree. Bead ornaments are pendant from lip border. Poem in black with red seals.

Inscription(s)

1. Spurious square 4-character Qianlong (Ch'ien-lung) mark on base in blue enamel.

2. (J.H. Knapp, 1986) The incription on the box reads: Hongxian fang Qianlong yu shi liao you ping (Hung-hsien fang chi'en-lung yu chich liao yu p'ing). Hongxian imitation of Qianlong made material glazed vase.

Small characters designate the Huang family collection.

3. (J.H. Knapp, 1987) The poem, written in black, is translated by Lily Kecskes as follows:

Emerald and red sky, at its wish,

dances in the wind;

Gathering together, singing in harmony,

is joy in the thatched hut.

The red seals are: shih-ning and pi-lu

The oval red seal has not been found and could not be translated. Lily Kecskes has written all the characters in the folder sheet.

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