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Large vase
Place of Origin: China, Jiangxi province
Historical Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Reign of the Kangxi emperor (1662-1722)
Materials: Porcelain with polychrome underglaze and overglaze decoration
Style or Ware: wucai
Dimensions: H. 19 1/8 in x D. 8 5/8 in, H. 48.6 cm x D. 21.9 cm
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Ceramics
Object Number: 1995.52
On Display: No

Description

Label: Four panels depicting the four occupations of gentlemen—the qin, the chess game, the book, and the painting—decorate the shoulder of this vase. Images of fishing in mountain lakes are arranged in rectangular panels symmetrically placed on the neck and the body. The two scenes on the body alternate with two rounded panels enclosing a fish and a shrimp. The highly decorated ground has myriad black penciled whirls covered with green, on which colorful peony sprays are scattered all over. The motif, related to wealth and nobility, as suggested by the fish and peony, is strongly emphasized by the dark-toned ground.

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Signature/Seal: signed by Zhuju
Exhibition History: "Made in China: Ming to Mass Market", USF Thacher Gallery, October 19, 2012 - December 16, 2012
Label: Four panels depicting the four occupations of gentlemen—the qin, the chess game, the book, and the painting—decorate the shoulder of this vase. Images of fishing in mountain lakes are arranged in rectangular panels symmetrically placed on the neck and the body. The two scenes on the body alternate with two rounded panels enclosing a fish and a shrimp. The highly decorated ground has myriad black penciled whirls covered with green, on which colorful peony sprays are scattered all over. The motif, related to wealth and nobility, as suggested by the fish and peony, is strongly emphasized by the dark-toned ground.
Signature/Seal: signed by Zhuju
Exhibition History: "Made in China: Ming to Mass Market", USF Thacher Gallery, October 19, 2012 - December 16, 2012