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image of Baluster Vase Chinese Qing Dynasty (artist)
Baluster Vase, Kangxi period, 1662/1722
porcelain with famille noire enamels on the biscuit
overall (height): 74.9 cm (29 1/2 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.626
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From the Tour: Chinese Porcelains
Object 16 of 24

The exterior of this vase is decorated with garden rocks, blossoming plum trees, bamboo, and birds against a black ground. The painting is accomplished but rather perfunctory. The full famille noire palette is employed, with yellow, blue, aubergine, and three shades of green. In the black background areas, a dark green enamel layer is applied directly over a thin, matte brown wash.

(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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