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Large Vase with Long, Straight, Cylindrical Neck and with Decoration of Blossoming and Fruiting Peach Branches


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Large Vase with Long, Straight, Cylindrical Neck and with Decoration of Blossoming and Fruiting Peach Branches, 1736 - 1795
Vessel
Chinese
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18th century
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, 1736-1795
Creation Place: Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China
Enameled ware, 'fencai' type: porcelain with decoration in overglaze polychrome enamels; underglaze cobalt-blue mark reading 'Da Qing Qianlongnian zhi' in seal-script characters on the base
H. 51.5 x Diam. 38.6 cm (20 1/4 x 15 3/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Helen Pratt Dane
, 1950.83.96
Description
By the early eighteenth century, potters at Jingdezhen, in Jiangxi province, had learned to prepare opaque colors through the addition of tin oxide to the enamel-glaze compound. (Except for red enamel, which is naturally opaque, enamels on earlier porcelains are all transparent.) Opaque enamels allowed ceramic painters to create gradations in color, which enabled them to suggest the effects of light and shade and to impart a sense of roundness and volume to the objects depicted. Such gradations of color are most apparent here in the peaches. A symbol of longevity, the peach was considered an especially appropriate motif for display during birthday and New Year's celebrations.
Exhibition History
Chinese and Japanese Painting of the Early Modern Era, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/27/1993 - 07/04/1993
East Asia in the Nineteenth Century, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 03/05/1994 - 08/21/1994
Women and the Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/10/1994 - 03/05/1995
Plum, Orchid, Chrysanthemum, and Bamboo: Botanical Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 07/06/2002 - 01/05/2003
Cultivating Virtue: Botanical Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/08/2006 - 04/08/2007
Re-View: S228-230 Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/31/2008 - 11/23/2008
Cultivating Virtue: Botanical Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Art, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/12/2012 - 06/01/2013