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Collection Online as of February 28, 2024

Pair of Miniature Vases with Birds and Chrysanthemums

Pair of Miniature Vases with Birds and Chrysanthemums

1736–95
(1644-1911), Qianlong mark and reign (1736-95)
Diameter of mouth: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.); Overall: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The chrysanthemum is considered one of the "Four Noble Gentlemen" along with plum, orchid, and bamboo.

Description

In the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), imperial patronage and a growing urban population encouraged consumption of luxury goods and local craftmanship. Luxury items became more affordable to larger parts of the society, including women, merchants, and literati in non-official positions. This pair of miniature porcelain vases with famille rose overglaze enamel decoration illustrates some of the highest technical accomplishments in Qing porcelain production.
  • Qing Imperial Collection, Beijing, China
    Sir Robert Ho Tung [1862–1956], Hong Kong
    ?–1958
    (Tonying and Co., Inc., New York, NY, sold to Severance and Greta Millikin)
    1958–1964
    Severance A. [1895–1985] and Greta [Marguerite Steckerl] Millikin [1903–1989], Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    1964–
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Catalogue of the Severance and Greta Millikin Collection. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1990. pp. 76–77, cat. no. 88
  • The Severance and Greta Millikin Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (July 5-September 2, 1990).
    China through the Magnifying Glass: Masterpieces in Miniature and Detail. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 11, 2022-February 26, 2023).
  • {{cite web|title=Pair of Miniature Vases with Birds and Chrysanthemums|url=false|author=|year=1736–95|access-date=28 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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