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Vase in the shape of an archaic bronze vessel (gu)

Artist:
Chen Jinhou (Chinese, active 18th century)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Stoneware with relief decoration (Yixing ware)
Dimensions:
H. 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Michael Abraham, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.472
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
Both the shape and decoration of the base derive from vessels first produced in China during the Shang (ca. 1600 – 1046 B.C. and Zhou (1046 – 256 B.C.) dynasties. Unlike porcelain pieces produced at Jingdezhen, work made in the Yixing kilns were often signed, in this case by Chen Jinhou, making this ceramic tradition the first example of studio pottery in global ceramic history
Marking: A four-character seal mark, Chen Jinhou zhi [made by Chen Jinhou] is stamped on the foot rim.
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