Large Vase With Long, Straight, Cylindrical Neck And With Decoration Of Blossoming And Fruiting Peach Branches
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1950.83.96
Title
Large Vase with Long, Straight, Cylindrical Neck and with Decoration of Blossoming and Fruiting Peach Branches
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
1736 - 1795, Qianlong period
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Period
Qing dynasty, 1644-1911
Culture
Chinese
Physical Descriptions
Medium
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
Technique
Overglaze enamel
Dimensions
H. 51.5 x Diam. 38.6 cm (20 1/4 x 15 3/16 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Helen Pratt Dane
Accession Year
1950
Object Number
1950.83.96
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
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

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted