Lobed vase with underglaze cobalt blue decoration

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The underside shows the mark of a feather, done in blue underglaze.


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.
Lobed vase with underglaze cobalt blue decoration

Lobed vase with underglaze cobalt blue decoration


China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen kilns, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Kangxi reign (1661-1722)

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