Vase with landscape and poem

citation

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign, ca. 1662-1722
Medium
Porcelain with yingcai enamels over colorless glaze; undated wooden stand
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x W x D: 27.2 x 15 x 15 cm (10 11/16 x 5 7/8 x 5 7/8 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi Province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Gift of C. P. Lin
Accession Number
S1997.12a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Vase

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

Helen and Peter Lin

Label

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)

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