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image of Baluster Vase Chinese Qing Dynasty (artist)
Baluster Vase, Kangxi period, 1662/1722
porcelain with famille verte enamels on the biscuit
overall: 43.2 x 20.3 cm (17 x 8 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.606
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From the Tour: Chinese Porcelains
Object 14 of 24

The decoration on this vase consists of two large four-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls among stylized flames on the main body and two phoenixes on the neck. The enamel palette includes green, yellow, aubergine, and black. The two dragons, one yellow and the other aubergine, are of different types. The aubergine dragon resembles the characteristic late-Ming dragon, with an elongated head. The other has a more typical Kangxi-period head, which is much larger. Around the eyes of the latter, brown lines of the underdrawing are visibly painted directly on the porcelain body.

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

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