Feb 20, 2020
Feb 20, 2020
Feb 20, 2020
Feb 20, 2020
Feb 20, 2020

Lobed vase with underglaze cobalt blue decoration

Lobed vase with underglaze cobalt blue decoration

1661–1722

Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration

Overall: 20.4 x 12.2 cm (8 1/16 x 4 13/16 in.)

Weight: .88 kg / 1.95 lbs

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.174

Description

Underglaze blue-and-white designs reached their highest painterly quality during the reign of the Kangxi emperor (1662–1722). Porcelain decorators achieved a level of artistic and technical sophistication that rivaled that of professional painters. Blue-and-white porcelains in brilliant cobalt blue catered to the taste of the educated class, the court, and foreign markets. Notice the blue-and-white porcelains in Pierre Bonnard’s painting Fruit and Fruit Dishes (CMA 2020.100); such ceramics on a French dining table would have been inspired by Chinese porcelains of this type.

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