Sep 19, 2012

Blue Bottle Vase

Blue Bottle Vase

1736–95

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Porcelain

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

Bequest of James Parmelee 1940.694.2

Did you know?

The vase's lip top, inside, and bottom were glazed with bluish-white with tiny dark speckles.

Description

In the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), luxury items became more affordable to larger parts of the society, including women, merchants, and literati in non-official positions. Imperial patronage and a growing urban population encouraged consumption of luxury goods and local craftmanship. This blue bottle vase exemplifies 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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