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Jar

Chinese

Artwork Details

Jar
1662-1722
Chinese
porcelain with underglaze, and glaze
6 in x 4 5/8 in x 4 5/8 in (15.3 cm x 11.7 cm x 11.7 cm);6 1/4 in (15.8 cm);5 15/16 in (15 cm);6 13/16 in (17.3 cm)
Gift of the Estate of Hobart Taylor, Jr.
1982/1.209A&B

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Description

Subject Matter:

A qinghua (清华) blue and white jar of the Kangxi period (1662-1722).

Kangxi, the second emperor of the Manchurian Qing dynasty, took the throne at the age of eight and ruled for a total of sixty-one years, the longest of any Chinese emperor. Being a foreign ruler in China, he assimilated by learning Chinese, becoming Buddhist, and studied the Classics to to gain public support. He accomplished many great feats such as completing the unification of China, improved government administration, decreased corruption, and of most importance to the production of porcelain, he reinstated the official kilns at Jingdezhen and opened the overseas trade. During Kangxi’s reign (1662-1722) there were many advancements to porcelain manufacture and the introduction of many new types and forms. Kangxi achieved this by appointing two different kiln supervisors during his tenure, Zang Yingxuan and Lang Tingji who are the names behind Zang yao (ware) and Lang  yao (ware), respectively. Other types discovered and produced during this time include but are not limited to various refined monochromatic and copper red glazes, including Lang yaosang de boeuf—and peach-bloom, underglaze blue in five colors; powder colors, famille vertebisquitfencai, and enameled colors, falangcai.  Porcelains produced under the Kangxi reign appealed both to the elites of Chinese society as well as those overseas. 

Physical Description:

A porcelain globular jar tapering to foot with a short neck with copper-wire repair, and a domed cap lid. It is painted with multiple shades of underglaze blue to portray peony meander around the body between lappet borders around the shoulder and foot, then covered in a clear glaze.

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