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Bottle Vase, Qianlong period, 1736/1795
porcelain with turquoise glaze
overall: 23 x 13.7 cm (9 1/16 x 5 3/8 in.)
Harry G. Steele Collection, Gift of Grace C. Steele
1972.43.24
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From the Tour: Chinese Porcelains
Object 4 of 24

This vase has a globular body and a slightly flaring neck. The proportions are very close to larger examples that bear Qianlong reignmarks, suggesting that this vessel dates to the same period.1 The exterior is decorated with designs incised under the glaze. Six ascending leaves surround the neck, the bottom of which is encircled by a key-fret band. The swelling body has a floral scroll with three large petals. Above the foot-ring is a band of stylized petals.

(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)

Notes

1. René-Yvon Lefebvre d'Argencé,Chinese Ceramics in the Avery Brundage Collection, San Francisco, 1967, pl. 75.

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