Vase in rouleau form

Vase, Rouleau style.

Rim: herringbone pattern.

Neck: raised ridge at midpoint of neck; band of “comb” pattern above ridge, band of whorl pattern below ridge.

Shoulder: four four-lobed cartouches enclosing five-petaled blossoms, on ground of geometric lattice.

Body: one narrative scene filling the entire body. Below a band of clouds, on the banks of a river, a king (shaded by a parasol held by an attendant) greets a man who has just crossed a bridge over the river, leaving his fishing rod and reel on the far bank. Other attendants hold a court robe and a document box, and the king’s wheeled chair is partially hidden behind rocks and trees, from the other side of which emerges the bridge over the river.

Foot: single line at angle of body and foot rim.

Base: double ring.

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, mid 17th-early 18th century
Medium
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x Diam: 45.5 × 19.1 cm (17 15/16 × 7 1/2 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Gift of Betty and John Menke
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1993.14
On View Location
Freer Gallery 12: The Peacock Room in Blue and White
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Vase

Keywords
bridge, China, cobalt pigment, fishing, Jingdezhen ware, king, porcelain, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), river
Provenance

Around 1970
Mother of Betty Menke, purchased at auction, Sotheby Parke-Bernet, around 1970 [1]

To 1993
Betty Menke, Scarsdale, NY, given by her mother, to 1993 [2]

From 1993
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Betty and John Menke,Scarsdale and Rye, NY, in 1993

Notes:

[1] According to information in the object record.

[2] According to information in the object record.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Betty and John R. Menke

Description

Vase, Rouleau style.

Rim: herringbone pattern.

Neck: raised ridge at midpoint of neck; band of "comb" pattern above ridge, band of whorl pattern below ridge.

Shoulder: four four-lobed cartouches enclosing five-petaled blossoms, on ground of geometric lattice.

Body: one narrative scene filling the entire body. Below a band of clouds, on the banks of a river, a king (shaded by a parasol held by an attendant) greets a man who has just crossed a bridge over the river, leaving his fishing rod and reel on the far bank. Other attendants hold a court robe and a document box, and the king's wheeled chair is partially hidden behind rocks and trees, from the other side of which emerges the bridge over the river.

Foot: single line at angle of body and foot rim.

Base: double ring.

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