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image of Bottle Vase Chinese Qing Dynasty (artist)
Bottle Vase, Kangxi period, 1662/1722
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
overall: 14.9 x 10.2 cm (5 7/8 x 4 in.)
Harry G. Steele Collection, Gift of Grace C. Steele
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From the Tour: Chinese Porcelains
Object 23 of 24

This bottle vase represents a shape of the late Kangxi period.1 It is decorated with a dense field of stylized scrolls that have opaque outlines enclosing mottled blue washes. The low foot is encircled by a narrow classic scroll.

(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)


1. For a similar example, see Special Exhibition of Hsüan-te Porcelain of the Ming Dynasty [Exh. cat. National Palace Museum], Taipei, 1980, pl. 12. For an example in steatitic porcelain that has been dated to the late Kangxi or early Yongzheng period, see H. A. Van Oort and J. M. Kater, "Chinese Soft Paste or Steatitic Porcelain," Arts of Asia 12, no. 2 (March-April 1982), fig. 5.

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