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image of Vase Chinese Qing Dynasty (artist)
Vase, late 18th/early 19th century
porcelain with apple-green glaze
overall: 21.6 x 12.7 cm (8 1/2 x 5 in.)
Widener Collection
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From the Tour: Chinese Porcelains
Object 9 of 24

Among published apple-green wares, no vessel very similar to this vase has been found. A more pear-shaped vase, attributed to the eighteenth century, might be considered a comparison; its neck is quite similar, but it lacks the distinctive raised spreading foot and stepped base seen in the National Gallery example.1 A blue-glazed vase, Qianlong mark and period, supported on a similar splayed foot, might also be considered.2 Somewhat closer in form, but still lacking the high spreading foot and stepped base, is a yellow-glazed vase of the Jiaqing period (1796-1820) in the National Palace Museum, Taipei.3

The shape of this vase, with its three distinct segments, differs from the fluid and elegant forms most often seen in Kangxi- and Yongzheng-period monochromes as exemplified by those so marked and/or attributed in the National Gallery collection, whether delicate peachbloom, celadon, pale blue, or more sturdy oxblood vases. None of the National Gallery's vases exhibits this characteristic. Indeed, this shape seems more typical of those seen in later eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Chinese ceramics, which accounts for its dating.

(Text by Virginia Bower, published in the NGA Systematic Catalogue: Decorative Arts, Part II: Far Eastern Ceramics and Paintings; Persian and Indian Rugs and Carpets)


1. "Catalogue of the Exhibition of Monochrome Porcelain of the Ming and Manchu Dynasties," Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society: 1948-1949 24 (1951), 58, no. 145, pl. 27, top row.

2. The Edward T. Chow Collection Part One: Catalogue of Ming and Qing Porcelain, sale, Sothebys, New York, 25 November 1980, 101, lot 84, repro.

3. Teresa Ts'ao, Catalogue of a Special Exhibition of Ch'ing Dynasty Monochrome Porcelains in the National Palace Museum [Exh. cat. National Palace Museum], Taipei, 1981, 83, no. 35, repro.

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