Jan 15, 2019

Transitional Blue-and-White Square Bottle

Transitional Blue-and-White Square Bottle


Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration

Height: 31.1 cm (12 1/4 in.)

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 2018.293



The shape of this flask derives from European gin bottles. Its decoration in brilliant shades of blue with fantastic animal motifs—such as a leopard, the mystical qilin, a horse, and another imaginary beast—is characteristic of porcelain of the transitional period between the Ming and Qing dynasties when potters lost imperial patronage and experimented to find new clients in China and abroad.

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