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image of Vase, Meiping Shape Chinese Qing Dynasty (ceramist)
Vase, Meiping Shape, Kangxi period, 1662/1722
porcelain with famille verte enamels on the biscuit
overall: 34.6 x 19.7 cm (13 5/8 x 7 3/4 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.610
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From the Tour: Chinese Porcelains
Object 13 of 24

The exterior of the vase is decorated with a depiction of egrets in a lotus pond. The aubergine ground is unusual and suggests that the vase dates from an early phase in the evolution of the famille verte palette, before the green or black backgrounds had come to predominate. Otherwise the enamel colors are the same as those used later (black, yellow, aubergine, and three shades of green, including lime green). The dark texture strokes appear to have been painted over the enamel washes, instead of under the enamels as is more typical.

The vase is also unusual in that it represents a rare appearance of the meiping shape in the early Qing dynasty. Following the late-Ming Wanli reign (1570-1620), the meiping occurred only rarely in the seventeenth century.

(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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