Sep 19, 2012
Sep 20, 2012

Pair of Blue Bottle Vases

Pair of Blue Bottle Vases

1736–95

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Porcelain

Overall: 55 cm (21 5/8 in.)

Bequest of James Parmelee 1940.694

Did you know?

The vase's neck was made separately and subsequently attached to the body.

Description

In the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), luxury items became more affordable to larger parts of the society, including women, merchants, and literati in nonofficial positions. Imperial patronage and a growing urban population encouraged consumption of luxury goods and local craftmanship. This pair of blue bottle vases exemplify the technical perfection of Qing dynasty court artisans who surpassed their predecessors in technical skill.

See also
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Porcelain

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