As if tossed by a random breeze, more than one hundred stylized blossoms enliven the pure white porcelain of this finely potted vase. An underglaze seal script inscription on the base reads "made in the Qianlong reign of the great Qing dynasty." Porcelain--hard, translucent vitreous, high-fired ceramics that are the triumph of kiln technology--were first made in China. But the casual elegance of the decoration on this pot was meant to appeal to Japanese tastes. Ceramics with decoration like this began to be made in China for export to Japan in the eighteenth century.
CHINESE QING DYNASTY
Qianlong period, 1736/1795
MATERIAL: Porcelain with overglaze famille rose enamels
DIMENSIONS: 17.2 x 15 cm (6 3/4 x 5 7/8 in.)
COLLECTION: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Harry G. Steele Collection, gift of Grace C. Steele
ACCESSION NUMBER: 1972.43.50