Jar with Flowers, Rocks and Pheasants

素三彩錦雞花石紋瓷罐

1662–1722
Diameter: 35.5 cm (14 in.); Diameter of mouth: 21.8 cm (8 9/16 in.); Overall: 42.3 cm (16 5/8 in.)
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In the Qing dynasty, art reached a high standard of technical perfection despite a tendency for extravagance and exaggerated ornament. This jar with susancai (plain three-color) decoration uses shades of light green, purple, and yellow, but no red. The vase features a pair of pheasants looking at each other among flowering plants, such as peonies and magnolia. The porcelain painter used fine dark outlines in a more graphic style to delineate motifs, to texture rocks, and depict minute details such as holes in weathered leaves of plants.
Jar with Flowers, Rocks and Pheasants

Jar with Flowers, Rocks and Pheasants

1662–1722

China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Kangxi mark and reign (1662-1722)

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