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Mar

22

Blue-and-white Flask with Ruyi-scepter Shaped Ears and Interlocking Lotus Design

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Blue-and-white Flask with Ruyi-scepter Shaped Ears and Interlocking Lotus Design

Qianlong Reign (1736-1795), Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

This pot has a garlic-head shaped mouth and a pair of ruyi-shaped ears. The interior is glazed white while the exterior is painted with floral designs. This vessel was made for court use during the Qianlong era (1736-1795) at Jingdezhen imperial kiln. This flask reflects the popularity of antique style at that time.

Mar

22

Tricolor Pottery Ewer with a Phoenix-head Spout

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Tricolor Pottery Ewer with a Phoenix-head Spout

Tang Dynasty (618-907)

A symbol of authority and dignity, phoenix is a divine bird in ancient tales. It was a common decorative motif as well. Ewers with phoenix-head spouts proliferated in early Tang period (the early 7th century) as a common tricolor vessel type with conspicuous Persian style. It is an innovation for tricolor vessels to integrate alien culture with indigenous art.

Jan

20

Large Vase with Poem and Floral Design in Gold and Famille-rose enamels on Sky-clearing-blue Ground

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Large Vase with Poem and Floral Design in Gold and Famille-rose enamels on Sky-clearing-blue Ground

Qianlong Reign (1736-1795), Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

While the mouth and neck portions of the vase are glazed in sky-clearing-blue and decorated with a familie rose gold pattern, the stomach is decorated with three groups of floral branches that alternate with verses by the Qianlong Emperor.

Jan

20

Celadon Vase with Bowstring Patterns and Tube-shaped Ears, Longquan Ware

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Celadon Vase with Bowstring Patterns and Tube-shaped Ears, Longquan Ware

 

Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)

Longquan kiln is located in Longquan, Zhejiang province The vase was designed after a bronze pot of ancient times. With archaic and elegant style, it is a masterpiece of Longquan celadon wares.

Jan

3

Blue-and-white Prunus Vase with Flowers and Fruits

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Yongle reign (1403-1424), Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

The vase has a small mouth with everted rim, a short neck, wide shoulders, a slightly tapered stomach and a lid with a small knob. The exterior is covered with blue-and-white glaze, decorated with S-shaped cloud design on the shoulder and disconnected sprays of floral ornamentation, fruit patterns on the stomach, slightly upward lotus-petal design and acanthus design around the foot. On the top of the lid is a plantain leaf design and a flower-leaf pattern on the walls of the lid.
  The Chinese prunus vase was prevalent from the Song dynasty (960-1272) to the 18th century. The short neck and small mouth of this prunus vase recalls a thin balustrade. In early days, prunus vases were made with a conical lid, indicating that they were utilitarian liquid containers. However, ornament and arrangement later became their priority function instead of utility. This one is characterized by delicate ornamentation and clear composition, which is the typical style of the Yongle porcelain.

 Blue-and-white Prunus Vase with Flowers and Fruits

Jan

3

Double-gourd-shaped Vase Decorated with Bats

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Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

The double-gourd-shaped vase has a straight mouth, short neck, and a smaller upper bulb compared with the lower one which gracefully terminates in a narrow, slightly upturned foot. The interior wall is applied with turquoise glaze and the exterior with red cloud-like bat designs on the blue-green-glazed ground. At the bottom inside the foot ring, grouped in three lines within a single-line crimson frame, are six crimson characters in seal script reading “Made in the Qianlong period of the Great Qing” (Daqing Qianlong nian zhi).
  Vessels in gourd shapes are typical among traditional Chinese porcelain productions. Based on some of its characteristics such as its intertwining tendrils and profuse seeds (in Chinese, the character for “seed” [zi] is homophonic with the character for “offspring”), the gourd is often connected with auspicious meanings such as abundance and fertility. The gourd was also considered a holy object for Daoist practice. Over the centuries, it was believed that people with miraculous powers were able to use gourd as a vehicle to enter the land of the immortals. At the same time, it is also used as containers for Daoist elixirs of immortality. The pattern decorating the vase is also intended as a rebus in which great fortune and blessing (“hongfu” in Chinese) are represented by image of the red bats (also pronounced “hongfu”).
  Both the elegant, round shape and the bat pattern help us to glimpse how “fortune” was understood and celebrated during the Qianlong reign.

Double-gourd-shaped Vase Decorated with Bats

Sep

11

Porcelain Plate with Figure Design in Guangdong Glaze

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Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

This white glazed plate has a simple and unadorned exterior and a portrait of a European woman in a roundel. The brushwork exquisitely renders a lifelike portrait. This type of ware was produced specially for export to European. While the body of the plate was produced by the Jingdezhen kiln, the glazing and decoration were done in Guangzhou, thereby earning the name “Guangdong glaze” .

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Sep

11

Porcelain Plate with Bird and Flower Design in Guangdong Glaze

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Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

This white glazed plate has a simple and unadorned exterior with butterflies and floral decorations in underglaze cobalt blue on the interior. The bowl well bears a famille rose painting of two phoenixes playing among rocks and flowers. This exquisite example of “Guangdong glazed” ware was made specially for export and reflects European taste.

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Sep

11

Melon-shaped Ewer with Beast Design in Polychrome

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Kangxi Reign (1662-1722), Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

The teapot has a polychrome painting of an auspicious qilin unicon accompanied by flowers and rocks. The uniquely shaped teapot is enhanced by the painting’s rich colors and full composition. This work is donated by Volvo China.

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Sep

9

Famille-rose Tureen with Peacock and Peony Design

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Qianlong Reign (1736-1795), Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

Flat symmetrical ears adorn this oval tureen. Both the tureen and the lid are decorated with a variety of auspicious objects such as rocks, peonies, branches of peaches, peacocks, and pheasant in famille-rose and gold. This tureen and the famille-rose tray with peacock and peony design are two pieces from a set of tableware. This tureen is donated by Volvo China.

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