Vase with landscape and poem

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign, ca. 1662-1722
Porcelain with yingcai enamels over colorless glaze; undated wooden stand
Jingdezhen ware
H x W x D: 27.2 x 15 x 15 cm (10 11/16 x 5 7/8 x 5 7/8 in)
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Gift of C. P. Lin
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


boat, bridge, China, Jingdezhen ware, Kangxi reign (1662 - 1722), landscape, lotus, porcelain, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), sun, WWII-era provenance

To 1997
C.P. Lin, Hong Kong, to 1997

From 1997
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by C.P. Lin in 1997

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

C.P. Lin


The lyrical landscape painting on this vase epitomizes a period of dramatic innovation in porcelain decoration. For much of the seventeenth century, the best ceramics made at Jingdezhen, China's "porcelain capital," located in Jiangxi Province, were produced for the literati class, who, in a situation without parallel, replaced the court as the major patrons of high-quality porcelains. Imperial commissions ceased in 1620 with the death of the Wanli emperor and the imminent decline of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). They did not resume until 1683, when the imperial kilns recommenced operation in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). During this long interregnum, the literati asserted a preference for more lively and painterly styles of porcelain decoration than the emperors favored. The scene that wraps around the Sackler's vase like an unrolled handscroll represents the new taste. When rotated, the vase reveals a combination of painting, poetry, and calling-raphy-the so-called Three Perfection-whose unity in a single composition was regarded as the highest ideal in literati art.
Label copy: (adapted from essay in Beyond the Legacy 1998)

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort, Jan Stuart, Laurence Chi-Sing Tam. Joined Colors: Decoration and Meaning in Chinese Porcelain : Ceramics from Collectors in the Min Chiu Society, Hong Kong. Exh. cat. Washington and Hong Kong, 1993. cat. 76, p. 151.
  • Thomas Lawton, Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 242-243.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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